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TARAJI P. HENSON UP FOR ‘SISTER ACT’ REMAKE
Monday, Jul 13, 2015
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A Sister Act remake is in the works and Empire star Taraji P. Henson is the top pick for Whoopi Goldberg‘s old role — but Dish Nation has exclusively learned the flick probably can’t afford her.

The outspoken actress is in high demand since landing her starring role in the hit FOX show, so playing a nun in the Disney movie may be viewed as a step in the wrong direction.

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“I think she believes playing a nun may be below her pay grade,” an industry insider dished.

“Taraji is at the top of the list for the movie but she’s not really giving it any true consideration because she’s not sure they would pay her enough.”

Of course the movie’s executives are ‘praying’ she’ll change her mind since she’s a hot commodity right now — they just have to evaluate whether her star power will be worth splashing out more cash for.

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“She doesn’t have to be a ‘saint’ so to speak but they need to get what they are paying for,” the source added.

Disney is behind the remake of the 1992 movie in which Whoopi plays a lounge singer hiding out from the mob at a San Francisco convent, where she pretended to be a nun.

The movie generated a whopping $232 million worldwide.

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Whoopi isn’t currently involved in the comedy because she’s too busy with other projects like hosting on The View to consider it.

While Taraji says she’s nothing like Cookie Lyon, her co-star Terrence Howard has implied she’s a pretty tough cookie!

He described her as “a 10-foot-tall man inside! She needs to have the last word, the last look and I don’t know how to give up any ground.”

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