Tyrese Says A ‘Baby Boy’ Sequel Is Coming & John Singleton May Be Involved
In 2001, Academy Award-winning director John Singleton, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Omar Gooding, Snoop Dogg, Ving Rhames, and others delivered Baby Boy. The film was a coming-of-age tale set in South Central Los Angeles that followed the lives of Jody and Yvette, a couple (played by Gibson and Henson, respectively) faced with troubling family woes, relationship issues, and the stress of keeping heads above water in a difficult environment. It addressed fatherhood, unemployment, crime, and love and has become a fan favorite for generations. For Henson – who has gone on to become a Golden Globe winner and an Academy Award and Emmy nominee – the movie signaled her silver-screen debut, and it earned Gibson the acclaim to help land him a role in one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises in history, The Fast and the Furious.
Earlier this week, Gibson took to social media to announce plans for a sequel to the cult favorite, which Vibe calls “a theatrical staple in Black households.” On Instagram, the actor and R&B sensation posted a clip of Baby Boy with the caption “Sequel to Baby Boy coming soon….. #BabyBoyComingOfAge shout to @johnsingleton,” perhaps an indication that the director will be coming back to finish the story he began telling more than 15 years ago.
Since then, he has shared two more posts about the apparent sequel, one with a caption containing the hashtags “#BabyBoy2ComingOfAge#YallWouldntLetThisMovieDie” and another featuring an image taken from a Baby Boy scene of himself and Henson with the caption “Talk yo shit Yvette.”
Their reunion won’t be the first since Baby Boy hit theaters; in 2003, Singleton directed Gibson in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and he has also worked with Henson on her smash-hit television series, Empire. As of press time, neither Singleton nor Henson have confirmed or denied reports, at least not on their social media accounts.