Taraji P. Henson to Star in and Produce Film on Emmett Till

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Taraji P. Henson, Emmett Till

John Singleton is attached to direct the period pic.

After kicking ass in Proud Mary, which bows Friday, Taraji P. Henson is planning to play a warrior of a different kind — a staunch advocate for social justice — in a period film based on a pivotal moment in U.S. history.

The actress is attached to star in and produce a movie about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black teenager and Chicago native who was abducted and brutally killed by two white men while on a trip to Mississippi in 1955.

Henson is set to play Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who decided to make her son's funeral open casket, though Till's body was mutilated in the fatal encounter. An all-white jury acquitted Till's killers in 1955, though the pair later admitted to the homicide.

The film is being developed by Henson's production company, TPH Productions, and will be directed by Snowfall and Four Brothers helmer John Singleton and written by Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans, Ali).

According to TPH president Vincent Cirrincione, the project is separate from previously reported Shatterglass Films and HBO movies about Till in development.

Henson first shared the Till film news in an interview with Global Grind about the forthcoming Proud Mary, which she also produced and starred in. "I've been passionate about [the project] since Trayvon Martin was murdered," she said.

Henson, repped by UTA, Vincent Cirrincione Associates and Sharp & Associates, will next be seen in Tyler Perry's Acrimony, which is set to bow March 30.

Jan. 12, 3:12 p.m. Updated with writer attached to project.