Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures, Empire) has sealed a deal with Screen Gems in the thriller, Proud Mary. Henson will portray a hit woman who surprisingly find a maternal instinct through meeting a young boy, subsequently turning her life upside down. It would be an interesting role for Henson, especially given her recent performance in Hidden Figures.

John Stewart Newman and Christian Swegal penned the script with Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan serving as producers. A director hasn’t yet been confirmed, though the studio is hoping to start production by April.

Henson has also been killing the game, so to speak, in her career. She is fresh off box office success with Hidden Figures, which opened at No. 1 at the box office this past weekend, dethroning geek juggernaut, Rogue One, with $22.8 million at the domestic box office. The film is up for best ensemble at the upcoming SAG Awards.

On the small screen, Empire continues to gain steam as it was recently renewed for a fourth season by Fox at Wednesday’s TCA panel. With her role as the ever-popular, Cookie Lyon, she has earned two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win (2016).

Henson’s shine is not dulling anytime soon and we’re excited to see what’s next for her!

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