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 inÂ Durham, North Carolina during the 1960s. She had a decades-long feud with C.P Ellis, leader of the Durham Ku Klux Klan.
Atwater and Ellisâ€™ 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.