Taraji P. Henson to Headline 'What Men Want'

Posted 2017/11/14 0 0

Paramount Players has signed Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson to star in What Men Want, a twist on the Nancy Meyers comedy What Women Want starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.


Paramount Players is looking to remake and gender-swap comedy hit “What Women Want” by having this film star “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson as its main character.

Directed by Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give), the original What Women Want starred Gibson as Nick Marshall, a womanizing alpha male ad executive in Chicago utterly overflowing with confidence in his abilities both professionally and romantically. After accidentally electrocuting himself, Nick’s world is changed, as he can now suddenly hear the thoughts of any woman. He initially uses this gift to his personal advantage, but eventually falls for co-worker Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt), and learns to be a better person.

 In the gender-swapping update, Henson stars as a 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.

Paramount has prolific producer Will Packer (who has worked with the actress on films including the Think Like A Man entries) on board and will now look to lock down a writer and director ready for a planned January 2019 release.

The announcement comes during a year of growing conversations about audiences desire for more female-driven stories to the big screen. Other gender-swapping remakes currently in the works are Overboard starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Anne Hathaway.

Henson can currently be seen in the Fox drama Empire and was last seen on the big screen in Hidden Figures. She next stars in the actioner Proud Mary and will lend her voice to Wreck-It Ralph 2.