Oscar winner Regina King is set to play America’s first Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in a new biographical drama.
Titled Shirley, the film will be written and directed by John Ridley, who won the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for 12-year-old Das.
Regina King and her younger sister, Reena King of Royal Tees Productions, will produce with film company Participant.
According to Deadline, Shirley follows the dynamic presidential campaign launched by Chisholm in 1972 and will provide an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of a ground-breaking political leader during a major period in modern American history.
The feature is based on the rights to her life story through an exclusive agreement with the Chisholm Estate.
Regina King, who has often publicly expressed her desire to play Chisholm, said the Congress’ bold determination has been an inspiration.
“… With this film we hope to inspire many generations to come. To once again collaborate with his friend and mentor John Ridley and the team of contestants, makes this decade-long journey even more melodious, ”added the actor-director.
Ridley said he is grateful to Regina and Reina King for believing in telling the story of “this truly remarkable man”.
Participant CEO David Linde said it was time to unfold Chisholm’s story as a politician and his ground-breaking career in Washington, an “important part of American history that has hitherto been overlooked”.
This is not the first biopic on Chisolm that works.
Last November, it was reported that Black Panther star Dani Gurira landed in the title role in The Fighting Shirley Chisholm, a film on the leading presidential candidate. The feature will also run for Chisholm’s 1972 presidency, to be directed by Hollywood veteran Cherian Dabis.
Regina King recently directed One Night in Miami and produced the executive who is in discussion during the awards season. She also won an Emmy for her role in the HBO limited series Watchmen.