Holy crap is the phrase most viewers utter after watching the trailer for the film No Good Deed. It’s a thriller all right — the kind that gets under your skin because it can happen to anyone. Golden Globe award winner Idris Elba (The Wire) plays an escaped convict who has just been denied parole. “There is violence in this man,” viewers are warned from the very first scene. Elba crashes his getaway car and shows up at the suburban home of a woman (Taraji P. Henson) and asks to use her phone to call for help. Before she does her ‘good deed’ in letting him use it, he breaks in and terrorizes her and her two children. No Good Deed will be released September 12, 2014.
After No Good Deed, Henson (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will start filming Lee Daniels’ TV series pilot Empire. It’s a musical drama (Henson can sing, too) set in the hip-hop recording industry. Henson will play the ex-wife of her Hustle & Flow co-star Terrence Howard, who plays the head of a record label. Howard’s character is described as a “total badass” who’s been released from prison after serving 17 years for dealing drugs. In some future film, Henson will encounter a man not recently released from prison.