Just a year after bringing the groundbreaking, unsung story of Katherine Johnson (the first African American female mathematician to work at NASA) to the big screen, Academy & Emmy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson is looking to bring another much deserved look into African American history to the silver screen: the story of Emmett Till.
Henson, hot on the promo trail in support of her latest flick, ‘Proud Mary,’ proudly broke the news on her forthcoming endeavor with ‘Baby Boy’ director John Singleton.
In an interview with GlobalGrind during a press event for her upcoming film, ‘Proud Mary,’ Taraji P. Henson has revealed she is producing and starring in an upcoming film on the life of Emmett Till. The film, now titled ‘The Emmett Till Story,’ will be directed by John Singelton and Henson she will portray Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.
While no release date has been set as of time reported, Henson has confirmed “the deal is done” and she and her production team just have to set the premiere date. The news follows reports from just two years ago when Jay Z & Will Smith announced plans to do an Emmett Till mini-series (click here to read more).
Here’s hoping both projects see the light of day and soon as Till’s story is an important one to share as his unfortunate death is viewed by many as one of the biggest turning points in the American civil rights movement.