Tyler Perry to Direct Netflix’s ‘Straw,’ Starring Taraji P. Henson, Sherri Shepherd and Teyana Taylor

Tyler Perry will write and direct Netflix’s upcoming movie “Straw,” a tense drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Sherri Shepherd and Teyana Taylor.

The film follows a single mother who faces a series of unfortunate events that leads her down an unexpected path. According to the logline, “she becomes entangled in a situation she never imagined and finds herself at the center of suspicion in a world that seems indifferent to her existence.”

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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”) will round out the cast. Perry is also producing the movie with Angi Bones and Tony Strickland.

“Straw” is the latest project from Perry and Netflix’s film creative partnership that will have the filmmaker write, direct and produce features under a mult-year, first-look deal. The prolific director has several projects in the works at the streamer, such as “The Six Triple Eight,” starring Kerry Washington, and newly announced drama series “Beauty in Black.”

His recent filmography includes the twisty “Mea Culpa” with Kelly Rowland, courtroom thriller “A Fall From Grace,” romantic drama “A Jazzman’s Blues” and “A Madea Homecoming,” the 11th and final chapter in Perry’s commercially successful franchise about a tough-talking, gun-toting 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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