Taraji P. Henson Joins Will Packer Produced Comedy 'What Men Want'

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Empire star Taraji P. Henson is set to headline What Men Want, a gender-flipped remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want. What Men Want is targeting a January 11, 2019 theatrical release date.

The new take on the film won't exactly adhere to its original formula though, where star Mel Gibson finds himself able to read the minds of women around him like Helen Hunt and Marisa Tomei.

The film, which is being executive produced by Henson, takes place in the world of sports instead of advertising.

In this version, Henson would play a female sports agent who has been constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. Once she's acquired the ability to hear the thoughts of men, she uses it to try and level the playing field, and sign the next big National Basketball Association superstar.

Henson, who can now be seen in the fourth season of Fox's hit drama series "Empire", has several films bowing in the next year including Tyler Perry's "Acrimony" and the Screen Gems action movie "Proud Mary". The last time Packer and Henson teamed up as producers for a project, it was for 2014's No Good Deed, and that was a surprise hit.

She is repped by UTA and Vincent Cirrincione Associates. She is also set to star in upcoming thriller Proud Mary to be released January 2018.

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