Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will make her directorial debut in an upcoming comedy, Two-Faced.
Variety reports, that the film “follows Joy, a Black high school senior whose chances to attend the college of her dreams are threatened by her wildly popular and charismatic school principal after she confronts him with evidence of his racist past. With the help of her friends, the student sets out to expose the principal but quickly learns that he is not above waging all-out-war against the students trying to take him down.”
Tim Story, who directed Henson in Think Like a Man, will produce the film, which was written by Cat Wilkins and made by Bron Studios.
Henson will play the role of Joy’s mother, Gina Robinson.
The Golden Globe-winning actress took to Instagram to share her anticipation for the film.
“THIS IS THE FACE OF A DIRECTOR!! YES, I DID THAT,” she writes. “I’m SO excited to announce my directorial debut with TWO-FACED. This story means so much to me and I can’t wait to share it with you all! And yes, I’ll also be starring in the film.”
In a conversation with Hollywood Reporter, the actress expresses her excitement over transitioning from on-screen to behind the scenes.
“After two decades spent in front of the camera, I’m thrilled to finally jump behind it for my feature directorial debut!” says Henson. “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 are 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!”