Taraji P. Henson and Ed Helms split

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The Netflix police drama "Coffee & Kareem" has locked down two of its stars.

Taraji P. Henson and Ed Helms have boarded the project, Variety reports. Their characters will be dating, and Henson's will be the mother of an 11-year-old boy. Helms's character, a police officer, will reluctantly team up with the boy to clear his name and take down a ruthless criminal.

Shane McCarthy wrote the script. It earned a place on the 2014 Black List, meaning it was one of the "most liked" unproduced screenplays in a survey of Hollywood execs. Now that the project is in the works, Michael Dowse ("Stuber") is set to direct.

Henson's most recent film, "What Men Want," is currently in theaters. She also stars in Fox's "Empire," a musical drama TV series that is in its fifth season. Her work on the show earned her the 2016 Golden Globe Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Helms has also had a successful stint on TV, playing Andy Bernard in "The Office." Meanwhile, his film credits include "Tag," "A Futile and Stupid Gesture," and "Father Figures." He stars in the comedy horror film "Corporate Animals," which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January.

Helms is producing "Coffee & Kareem" with partner Mike Falbo via their banner, Pacific Electric Picture Co. Sanford Nelson, Jordon Foss, Linden Nelson, and Don Foss will serve as executive producers.

[via: Variety]