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Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for What Men Want on Tuesday morning. In the clip, Taraji P. Henson — who stars as sports agent Ali Davis in the film — finds herself with the alarming ability to read men’s minds.
At the start of the preview, Henson’s Ali prepares for an important meeting at work. “I’m making partner, baby,” she says. “Time to break that glass ceiling!”
But when she doesn’t land the promotion, Ali consults a clairvoyant. “I’m so sick of this boys club,” she laments. After drinking a cup of tea, given to her by the psychic — and a hard night of partying — she wakes up with a new power. “I feel weird after last night,” she tells a junior associate, who thinks to himself, “That’s what happens when tequila meets desperation.”
“Stop saying things you shouldn’t be saying to your boss!” Ali shouts back, to which her co-worker responds, “Holy crap, can you hear my inner thoughts?!”
After initial panic, Ali concedes that her new ability “is not a curse,” but a “gift.” She then takes advantage of her telepathic talent by getting into the heads of her male colleagues in an effort to get ahead at work. Her goal? To sign the NBA’s next superstar.
The Paramount project is a gender-swapped version of the 2000 Nancy Meyers-directed feature What Women Want that starred Mel Gibson. Back in April, it was announced that Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures) joined the cast.
Paramount Players, the studio label run by Brian Robbins, is producing along with Girls Trip filmmaker Will Packer and James Lopez. Henson also serves as an executive producer.
What Men Want is set to hit theaters Jan. 11, 2019.
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