Tyler Perry is directing Netflix’s ‘Straw’ starring Taraji P. Henson

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Tyler Perry will write and direct the upcoming Netflix film “Straw,” a suspenseful drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Sherri Shepherd and Teyana Taylor.

The film follows a single mother who is faced with a series of unfortunate events that lead her down an unexpected path. According to the logline, she becomes entangled in a situation she could never have imagined and finds herself the center of suspicion in a world that seems indifferent to her existence.

Glynn Turman (“Rustin,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Sinbad (“Atlanta,” “A Different World”), Rockmond Dunbar (“Prison Break,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Mike Merrill (“The Black Hamptons “) “) completes the cast. Perry is also producing the film alongside Angi Bones and Tony Strickland.

“Straw” is the latest project from Perry and Netflix’s creative film partnership, which will see the filmmaker write, direct and produce feature films under a multi-year first-look deal. The prolific director has several projects in the works at the streamer, including “The Six Triple Eight,” starring Kerry Washington, and the recently announced drama series “Beauty in Black.”

His recent filmography includes the twisty “Mea Culpa” with Kelly Rowland, the courtroom thriller “A Fall From Grace,” the romantic drama “A Jazzman’s Blues” and “A Madea Homecoming,” the eleventh and final chapter in Perry’s commercially successful franchise about a difficult-talking, armed grandmother.

Henson, who recently starred in “The Color Purple” as Shug Avery, is repped by CAA, M88, R&CPMK and Johnson, Shapiro, Slewett & Kole. Taylor, known for “A Thousand and One” and “Coming 2 America,” is repped by WME, Taylormade Management Group and The Lede Company.

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