Taraji P. Henson Is A “Rough” Coach

Taraji P. Henson (“The Karate Kid,” “Benjamin Button”) has joined the sports drama “From the Rough” for Gyre Entertainment.

The story is inspired by Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. Henson would play a fictionalized version of Starks called Cassandra Turner.

In the film, Turner uses a successful stint as coach of the women’s swim team at a historically black college to help her get support to build the men’s golf team. With available black players scarce, Turner scours Europe, Australia and Asia to construct a uniquely multi-racial team.

Pierre Bagley directs and produces from a script by Michael A. Critelli. Shooting kicks off early October in New Orleans.