Taraji P. Henson’s ascension from television star to full – fledged movie star continues with the upcoming action flick Proud Mary.
In this movie, Taraji portrays Mary, a hit woman for the Boston Mafia who while on a job comes across a young boy and her life is forever changed. The film boasts a cast that consists of Danny Glover, Billy Brown from How to Get Away with Murder, and Margaret Avery whom we remember as Shug Avery from The Color Purple and currently costars on Being Mary Jane.
The movie doesn’t open until January, but when the trailer dropped a few months ago, many, including myself, were excited to see Henson take on this role which is different from any we’ve seen with her. It’s also rare to see Black women as leads in action films if we’re in them at all. My question is after the lackluster reception of Atomic Blonde and the Tomb Raider trailer will people gravitate to this film?
Let’s hope that the popularity that Henson has gained over the years, especially from her leading role on Empire, will prove that black women can also lead action films to the number one spot at the box office.