Taraji P. Henson is the star of the new, true-life race drama, The Best of Enemies. And by the looks of the first trailer, this story is bound to evoke a handful of different emotions.
The films centers around the true friendship between civil rights activist Ann Atwater and former Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis in Durham, North Carolina. Henson plays Atwater whom is tasked with partnering with Ellis (played by Sam Rockwell) to oversee the issue of segregation in the public school system in 1971. While forced to work through their differences, the pair eventually discover that they share many of the same values. Although the two soften their views on one another, they both struggle with other obligations and expectations.
The Hunger Games’ producer, Robin Bissell, will making his directing debut in The Best of Enemies. Tobey Maguire and Danny Strong – who co-created and serves as co-showrunner on Henson’s show, Empire, with Lee Daniels – will reportedly produce the film.
As previously mentioned, this film is based on the true story of Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis. Unfortunately, Atwater passed away on June 20, 2016 in Durham. C.P. Ellis died of Alzheimer’s disease in Nov. 2005.
The Best of Enemies is slated to debut in theaters on April 5, 2019 release date has been set. Watch the trailer above.