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Wendi McLendon-Covey, who stars in ABC’s long-running comedy The Goldbergs, will join Taraji P. Henson in Paramount feature What Men Want.
Adam Shankman is directing the comedy, which will shoot in Atlanta this spring.
The comedy is a gender-swapped version of the 2000 Nancy Meyers-directed film What Women Want, which starred Mel Gibson. Henson will play a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When she gains the power to hear men’s thoughts, she is able to shift the paradigm to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.
McLendon-Covey will play Henson’s best friend. Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge are also set for the remake.
Paramount Players, the studio label run by Brian Robbins, will produce along with Girls Trip filmmaker Will Packer and James Lopez. Henson will executive produce.
What Men Want is set to hit theaters Jan. 11, 2019.
McLendon-Covey, who is repped by UTA, John Carrabino and Morris Yorn, has appeared in movies such as Bridesmaids and Blended. She is on her fifth season of Goldbergs with her next big-screen appearance slated to be Sony’s Goosebumps sequel.
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