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CASTING NEWS: Taraji P. Henson To Play Civil Rights Activist In New Film ‘The Best Of Enemies’

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Taraji P. Henson is collaborating with Empire Co-Creator/Executive Producer Danny Strong for a new film.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Henson will star in the film adaptation of the book, The Best Of Enemies: Race And Redemption In The New South written by Osha Gray Davidson.

She will portray Ann Atwater who was a Civil Rights activist in Durham, North Carolina during the 1960s. She had a decades-long feud with C.P Ellis, leader of the Durham Ku Klux Klan.

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Atwater and Ellis’ issues had to come to an unlikely end in 1971 when the courts order desegregation in schools. Subsequently, Atwater and Ellis co-chaired a two-week long town hall meeting to reach a compromise. The results were unexpected and impacted their lives forever.

Hunger Games producer, Robin Bissell will make his directorial debut with The Best Of Enemies. Production will begin in early 2016.

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