‘Two-Faced’ will follow a Black high school senior, Joy while also exploring racism and culture in the process. Henson will play Joy’s mother while Joy will take us through a journey of her efforts to try and attend the college of her dreams that is halted by her school principal, Jerald, after she confronts him with evidence of his racist past. However, with the help of her friends, Joy sets out to expose Jerald for who he truly is.
Henson will direct from a script written by Cat Wilkins, who recently graduated from the MFA Screenwriting Program at UCLA. The screenplay for “Two-Faced” won first place in the feature comedy category at the 2020 UCLA Screenwriters Showcase.
“After two decades spent in front of the camera, I’m thrilled to finally jump behind it for my feature directorial debut!” Henson stated why she took on the opportunity. “What first attracted me to this project was Joy — she is the character I needed to see in films growing up, but never had. It’s important that stories be told from a woman’s point of view and partnering with BRON Studios and the amazingly talented Tim Story — both who use their platforms to help elevate women and people of color — feels like the perfect match. I can’t wait to bring this hilariously heartfelt script by Cat Wilkins to life!”
Taraji P. Henson will be working alongside Sharla Sumpter Bridgett , Aaron L. Gilbert on behalf of BRON, and Tim Story of The Story Company will be producing as well as Christine Conley, and Trent Hubbard will executive produce the project.
Tim Story was excited for Henson’s directorial debut and was quick to express Henson’s accomplishments.
“I could not be more excited to support one of the most talented people I have ever known,” Story said. “Taraji and I have done three movies together and I knew it was only a matter of time before she would make this leap to directing and I am honored to produce this film along with BRON Studios. Taraji is like family to me and I cannot wait for everyone to see her directorial vision of this hilarious script by Cat Wilkins brought to the screen.”
Taraji P. Henson has been accomplishing many opportunities such as hair care products, films, and now directing since her breakout role form Baby Boy. In recent news, Henson was pursuing a spinoff to hit show ‘Empire’ with a storyline all about Cookie Lyon which is Henson’s fictional character. Although Taraji P. Henson’s ‘Empire’ spinoff will not be picked up by Fox. Henson is looking to explore Hulu and ABC to launch her spinoff show.