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Taraji P. Takes another Icon Role In an action thriller “Proud Mary.”

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BY SUSAN JOHNES

Taraji is always looking for new roles to challenge and hone her craft. We have grown accustomed to seeing her dazzle every Wednesday evening as Cookie Lyon on the hip-hop set musical drama, Empire.

The 46-year old Golden Globe winner new role will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen from her before. She is about to light up the big screen as a hit-woman gone rouge in the thriller, Proud Mary.

Taraji will star as Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Her life is completely turned upside down when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

She will not be the only familiar face gracing the screen in this assassin flick. Jahi Di’Allo Winston will be the streetwise kid who crosses paths with Mary. Danny Glover will star as Benny, Mary’s brutally unforgiving boss.

The film has already started shooting in the Boston area. There is a hypothesis that it will hit theaters at the top of 2018. Iranian-Swedish filmmaker Babak Najafi directs the film. His most recent film “London Has Fallen” became box-office smash hit.

Currently, there are no official pictures or videos from the forthcoming film yet, but we will keep you updated. There is a feeling that this is going to be another iconic role for Taraji P. Henson.

Meanwhile, at the beginning of the year, there were some rumors doing rounds that Taraji P. didn’t want to hang around on “Empire Series,’ in which she takes the character as Cookie Lyon.

If the rumors come to pass, then the incredible show will long enough go stale. The hit Fox drama premiered in 2014 as the network’s highest-rated debut in three years and views for the first season episodes climbed steadily due to the ruthless role played by Taraji.

Henson may not be around if the show goes into syndication. When asked if she had some seasons in mind before exiting the series, she said you’ve got to know when to go out.

Henson has spent 22 years on the big screen as an actress who most recently starred in the award-winning film “Hidden Figures.” She admitted she enjoys movie making better than TV shoots due to the “corporate” nature of television.

She stated that “You have a day to shoot one scene and you get to let it breathe. Sometimes, my characters feel afflicted on television because there are many opinions and much input.”

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