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Have a seat, John Wick. Move along, Atomic Blonde. This looks like a job for Cookie. Thursday, July 20 saw the unexpected release of a spine-tingling trailer for Proud Mary, a film hitting theaters early 2018 starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) and directed by Babak Najafi (London Has Fallen).

Henson plays Mary, a trained assassin in the employ of a Boston-based crime family. Her life as a paid hit-woman, however, is turned completely upside down when a contract kill results in the orphaning of a young boy. A year later, still consumed by guilt, Mary searches for the boy whose parents she bumped off and saves him from a rough life on the streets.

Now, Mary feels compelled to change her murderous ways and give both the boy and herself a fresh start. The tricky thing about a connection to organized crime is that once you're in, you cannot get out (not without a bullets-blazing battle, anyway). So, Mary arms herself to the teeth and prepares for the fight of her life. Check out the trailer below:

Paying Tribute

The release of the trailer was also accompanied by the unveiling of a '70s-style teaser poster for the film. On Twitter, one eagle-eyed observer promptly recognized that the promotional image — like the Mary character herself — is moored to the legacy of 1970s blaxploitation films like those that once made legendary actress Pam Grier a star. Rather fittingly, the typeface chosen for the Proud Mary poster recalls the stylized font used on the theatrical posters for both Grier's 1974 film Foxy Brown and also the 1997 film Jackie Brown.

The Proud Mary actress, doesn't miss a beat, responding to the shoutout with a quick tweet of her own singing the praises of the inspiring film icon. Clearly, Ms. Henson is a big Pam Grier fan.

'Proud Mary' [Credit: Screen Gems]
'Proud Mary' [Credit: Screen Gems]

Also starring veteran actor Danny Glover, and co-starring Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead), Billy Brown (How To Get Away With Murder), and Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger), Proud Mary is scheduled to hit US theaters on January 12, 2018.

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