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Taraji P. Henson to produce and star in Emmett Till film

NEW ROLE: Taraji P. Henson (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

TARAJI.P Henson announced that she will star in and produce a forthcoming film on Emmett Till.

Henson, who’s currently promoting her film Proud Mary, revealed the news during an interview with Global Grind.

“We don’t have a start date yet, but the deal has been done,” Henson explained, mentioning that the the project is one that she’s been “passionate about” since the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The Emmett Till story will be produced by Henson’s company, TPH Productions, and directed by John Singleton. Henson is set to portray Till’s mother Mamie Till-Mobley in the film.

With the massive success Henson has had over the past few years with Empire, Think Like a Man, and Hidden Figures, the announcement of this project comes as a pleasant surprise to Hensons's filmography.

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