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Taraji P. Henson’s Kick A** ‘Proud Mary’ Poster + Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil Will Bring New Relationship Drama To OWN


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Check out Taraji P. Henson’s brand new poster for her upcoming action film Proud Mary and get the details on a new romantic drama from Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil inside…

If you’re a fan of Taraji P. Henson and action films, get excited.

A brand new poster was just released for the upcoming action thriller Proud Mary.

We told you the “Empire” star will be starring as Mary, a ruthless hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad. We already know the Golden Globe winner is going to kill this role. Literally. Ha!

Dope director Babak Najafi (London Has Fallen) will helm the Screen Gems film from a script written by John Stuart Newman and Christian Swegal. Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan have signed on as producers. Taraji will join forces with Glenn S. Gainor as executive producers.

The action thriller has an ensemble cast which includes, Billy Brown, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Neal McDonough, Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley and Danny Glover.

Production for the film started in April and now we know when it's set to make it's way to the box office.

Proud Mary is set to hit theaters January 2018. Are you excited?

In TV news...

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Let’s be real. Everything Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil get behind morphs into TV gold. “Girlfriends,” “The Game,” and “Being Mary Jane” are just a few of their successful projects. And now, the dynamic duo is gearing up for a brand new romantic drama series.

The Akils are creating an hour-long dramedy, titled “Love Is ___,” inspired from their real-life relationship. Oh? This could get interesting. And the OWN Network has picked it up. The passion project had originally been picked up by ABC, but since the script never made it to production, it was reworked for Oprah’s network.

Deadline reports:

The project tells the love story between a modern-day power couple. In the world of Black Hollywood, they navigate a complex set of social codes, and this series will explore it all, from the good to the bad… to the ‘90s, because that’s the love story began.

The Akils will serve as executive producers via their Akil Productions banner and stems from their overall deal with Warner Bros. TV. Also, Mara will serve as the showrunner of the upcoming show.

“To have a partner that brings the attention to detail and sheer excellence that Oprah has built an empire on is an absolute dream come true for Salim and me,” said Mara Brock Akil. “That, and it’s Oprah! Love Is ___ is not only a passion project, but is a personal one for us as well. We’re grateful to have her wholehearted support and magic touch behind this story.”

“I’ve dreamed of working with the Akils,” Oprah Winfrey said. “I’ve been a huge fan of their work since first viewing ‘Girlfriends.’ They know just how to hit the cultural nerve to make you think and laugh at the same time.”


“Love Is ___” is expected to premiere in 2018.

The Akils have their hands full. They’re also working behind-the-scenes on an all-black superhero series, titled “Black Lightening,” coming to the CW Network this fall.

Photos: Taraji's Twitter/Getty

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