Taraji B. Henson Joins ‘From the Rough’

The Oscar-nominated actress portrays first female head coach in sports drama.
BY |
Taraji B. Henson Joins ‘From the Rough’

Taraji P. Henson to portray first female head coach Oscar-nominated Taraji P. Henson has boarded the sports drama From the Rough, playing a role inspired by Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division 1 men's team.

Gyre Entertainment is producing the film, in which Henson will play a fictionalized version of Starks named Cassandra Turner, who parlays a successful stint as coach of the women's swim team at a historically black college into a shot at building the men's golf team. With available black players scarce, Turner scours Europe, Australia and Asia for hidden talents and constructs a uniquely multi-racial team. (In real life, Starks was the golf coach at Tennessee State University.)

"This extraordinary film explores one's ability to transform life's rough circumstances into distinct advantages," said director-producer Pierre Bagley. "It confronts issues of race, gender, class and cultural barriers in ways that are provocative, and sometimes hilarious.

Michael A. Critelli wrote the screenplay.

Production begins filming in New Orleans in early October.

Best of the Web


Want to join the discussion?

Facebook Twitter
  • dan1 • 5 years ago

    Why does it have to be fictionalized? Why not actualized? I'd rather hear the true story.

    Take for example The Blind Side. Fantastic movie, but it flat out lied in some parts. The guy already knew how to play football, and they made him seem like a buffoon in the movie.


    Popular Stories

    Transformers 5: What We Know

    Transformers 5: What We Know

    Paramount is planning a huge shared universe for ‘Transformers’, with ‘Transformers 5’ set to kick things in motion.

    By B. Alan Orange | 1 week ago

    7.8k Shares6 Comments

    Stallone Returns as Rocky in ‘Creed’ Trailer

    Stallone Returns as Rocky in ‘Creed’ Trailer

    Michael B. Jordan plays the son of Apollo Creed, who gets training from Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa in the first ‘Creed’ trailer.

    By Brian Gallagher | 3 days ago

    4.2k Shares6 Comments

    Latest Headlines

    Is ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Already Shooting?

    Is ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Already Shooting?

    A New report claims production is already under way at London's Pinewood Studios on ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’, with details on the scenes being shot.

    By Brian Gallagher | 14 hours ago

    27 Shares0 Comments

    Around the Web

    Popular Movies