Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has joined the documentary Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project as executive producer and voice of Giovanni's poems throughout the film, Deadline reported. Directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, the film premieres Friday at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Documentary Competition.
"I'm thrilled to join Michèle and Joe in bringing Nikki's remarkable work to life on screen," Henson said. "Interpreting and giving voice to her powerful words was a revelatory and emotional process, and moved me completely. This film reflects Nikki's vibrance and legacy in all its complexity, and I am honored to be a part of it."
The filmmakers added: "Taraji's grace, generosity, and creative skills are legendary. We were swept away by her embrace and complex interpretation of Nikki's poetry. Having her join us is truly the Universe at work!"
The film is produced by Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson, and Tommy Oliver, and executive produced by Codie Elaine Oliver and Taraji P. Henson. It features an original score by Samora Pinderhudges and Christopher Pattishall; cinematography by Greg Harriott; and is edited by Terra Jean Long and Lawrence Jackman.