Taraji P. Henson and Will Packer have reunited for the R-Rated comedy What Men Need, the reimagining of the 2000 movie What Ladies Need with a particular, hilarious twist. Henson performs Ali Davis, an bold sports activities agent making an attempt to interrupt the glass ceiling of the previous boys membership and make associate. Davis is struggling to make progress when she is magically bestowed with the facility to learn males’s ideas and makes use of her new notion to advance her profession.
“[Ali] is a lady on a mission who’s going to determine the way to succeed it doesn’t matter what in any respect prices,” says Producer Will Packer (Assume Like A Man, Ladies Journey, Experience Alongside). “When she doesn’t get what she desires, which is the promotion to associate, she goes into somewhat little bit of a rut, she will get upset. However then she will get a present. She wakes up and the primary she thinks is it’s a curse, ‘That is terrible, I can’t get these voices out of my head.’ Then she realizes it’s a present. ‘I can use this to my benefit to get forward of the blokes making an attempt to maintain me down.’ All through the film she’s on a mission, determining what she must get forward.”
On this first have a look at What Men Need, Davis is in scorching pursuit of a brand new consumer, an NBA prospect with an eccentric father, Joe “Dolla” Barry, performed by Tracy Morgan.
“In the event you’re gonna redo What Ladies Need, you gotta do it with someone who’s a real drive of nature in that heart position,” Packer continues. “You gotta do it with somebody who has the skillset to be robust but weak and actually, actually humorous. Taraji handles all of that. I find it irresistible as a result of we haven’t seen Taraji in comedy shortly. She’s been killing it within the dramatic house on the massive and small display, however Taraji in actual life is hilarious. So for her to get an opportunity to do a comedy was superior.”
Henson is equally beneficiant in her reward of Packer, who she labored with on the 2 Assume Like A Man movies and No Good Deed.
“For me as an artist I belief him,” says Henson. “There isn’t a fear for me so I can do my work uninhibited. I do know he’s gonna deal with me. He is aware of the way to make a profitable film and I’m all the time honored and grateful when he calls on me for tasks. He simply is aware of expertise. He is aware of what appears to be like good.”
Whereas What Men Need is a comedy, it’s a well timed commentary on that state of girls within the work place. August seventh was Black Ladies’s Equal Pay Day to punctuate how a lot larger the wage cap is for girls like Ali than their white counterparts.
“As a personality, agent and a lady, I would like folks to know that artwork imitates life and the one factor Ali desires is to be handled like her fellow male colleagues,” says Henson. “She desires to be paid equally and acknowledged for her price and her worth.”
“That’s why the timing of that is so essential and related now,” says Packer. “The dialog has by no means been louder and by no means extra essential than proper now, concerning equal pay for girls. So to have a enjoyable film concerning the want success of listening to males’s ideas, however on the heart of it’s a actually essential theme of a lady who deserves to get higher than she’s getting, that’s sort of cool. That’s the sort of film we ought to be seeing in 2019.”
Verify again tomorrow for the premier of the What Men Need trailer and unique video from the set!