Taraji P. Henson Back on the Big Screen
In case you thought Taraji P. Henson was getting cozy in her role as “Cookie Lyon” on Empire, the multi-dimensional actress is gearing up to introduce you to another character.
Tapped as the lead in Robin Bissell’s (Hunger Games producer), directorial debut, The Best of Enemies, Henson will enter a world that birthed the civil rights movement and battled the Ku Klux Klan.
The film is set in the 1960s and centers on the true story and relationship between Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis.
Atwater was a working class, single Black mother residing in Durham, N.C, who eventually quit her domestic job to join the civil rights movement.
On the other end of the race spectrum, Ellis was a working class White man also from Durham who became apart of the KKK.
Their initial meeting came during a public school debate where their encounters were charged with opposition, suspicion and hate.
However, in a strange turn of events, Atwater and Ellis came to realize how both groups were exploited by the South’s rigorous power structure.
The Best of Enemies is based on Osha Gray Davidson’s 2007 book, “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”
Taraji has often expressed that she is a trained actress and enjoys roles that “scare the hell out of me!” It will be exciting to see the Oscar-nominated star take on the life of Ann Atwater and tackle race relations along with an ideally adverse friendship.
Production for the film is slated to begin in 2016.
Slay, Ms. Henson!