EXCLUSIVE Taraji P. Henson is on fire. Starring as Cookie Lyon in “Empire” has turned this Oscar nominee (“Benjamin Button”) into a superstar. And deservedly so.
Now I can tell you exclusively that Taraji is going to star in a TV remake of the movie “Scrooged” set for this Christmas. She’s going to take the Bill Murray role of Scrooge, character name to come.
So far the only other name I’ve heard for the snappy idea is Wendy Williams, the talk show hostess with the mostess. She’s set to play the Ghost of Christmas Past. In the movie, that role was played by New York Dolls singer David Johansen aka Buster Poindexter.
This should be some hilarious movie, and presumably for Fox, where “Empire” will be booming in a third season by next December.
Producers are Suzanne dePasse, the Motown legend, and Howard Rosenman. No word yet on who will play Tiny Tim. But maybe they can make it Tiny Tina and hire Quvenzhané Wallis.
Stay tuned for more details.