Regina King is set to star as Shirley Chisholm in an upcoming biopic. The actress is planning to star as the iconic politician, American’s first black congresswoman.
King will also produce the feature, which is currently titled “Shirley”, with her sister, Reina King. “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley will serve as the film’s writer and director. Production on the film is scheduled to begin sometime later this year.
Shirley is set to give film lovers a behind-the-scenes look at Chisholm’s storied life and her run for president as a Democratic candidate in 1972.
Regina King has long awaited the opportunity to bring Chisholm’s story to fans. She has also been open about her desire to do so in the past. In 2012, she told The Daily Beast: “The good part is I have time to play her because she lived a long time and did so much at different parts of her life.”
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In a recent statement, King said, “Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us. With this film, we hope to inspire many generations to come. To collaborate once again with my friend and mentor, John Ridley, makes this decade-long journey even sweeter.”
Ridley, 55, added: “Regina’s passion for bringing a complete and very human portrait of Shirley to life has been evident since literally the day we first met. I’m very thankful to both Regina and Reina trusting me to partner in telling the story of this truly remarkable individual.”
Last year, Uzo Aduba portrayed the real-life heroine in the limited series “Mrs. America”. Her role in the film earned her a win for best supporting actress in limited series or movie at the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys.
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