Taraji P. Henson to Headline Screen Gems’ ‘Proud Mary’

“Empire” star will follow her “Hidden Figures” performance by playing a hitwoman with a conscience

Last Updated: January 11, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

“Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson will go from math to mayhem for her next role as she’s set to play a hit woman in Screen Gems’ “Proud Mary,” TheWrap has learned.

The film follows a contract killer whose life is upended when she meets a young boy who awakens a dormant maternal instinct within her.

There is no director attached yet to the project, which is scheduled to begin production in Boston this April.

John Stewart Newman and Christian Swegal wrote the movie, which is being produced by Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan.

Henson, who won the Golden Globe last year for Best Actress in a Television Drama for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon on Fox’s “Empire,” currently appears in Fox’s “Hidden Figures” as mathematician Katherine Johnson, who was instrumental in the calculations that allowed astronaut John Glenn to orbit the Earth and return home safely.

Henson and co-stars Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge, Janelle Monáe, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Octavia Spencer were nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

She last starred for Screen Gems in “No Good Deed,” “Think Like A Man” and “Think Like a Man Too.”

Henson is represented by UTA and Vincent Cirrincione Associates. Newman is represented by WME. Swegal is represented by The Gersh Agency.