It’s fairly common for rappers to say they’re retiring, then announce a new project shortly afterward. But it’s not really typical of actors.
But that’s exactly what Terrence Howard did, because less than a month after the “Empire” star said he was done with acting, it’s been revealed that he’ll be starring in a new film. He’ll also be executive producing it.
The new project is called “Triumph,” which Deadline says is a story about a smart kid who has “mild cerebral palsy” and two main goals. One is to make his school’s wrestling team, and the second is to win the heart of a girl he pines for.
On Wednesday Howard released a statement about the new film and said he’s proud to be working on it, because of the cerebral palsy component.
“I’m proud to be a part of this important film, ‘Triumph’ that highlights virtues such as sacrifice, perseverance and the infinite strength of the human spirit; overcoming adversity while promoting anti-bullying and inclusivity for young people with disabilities,” he stated. “My family and I are honored to support the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation with this film.”
But Howard’s excitement to be in the movie is in direct contrast to what he said about acting in September, because at that time it seemed like he was over the craft entirely.
“I’m done with acting. I’m done pretending,” he said on “Extra” while promoting the six and final season of “Empire.” “I’m just focusing on bringing truth to the world.”
It’s about four friends who return to their neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit and left them with nothing.
Howard will also be in another film titled “Selfie,” which, according to IMDb, is still in production.