Regina King is eyeing the White Home. The Oscar-winning actress and Finest Director hopeful is ready to star in “Shirley,” a biopic of Shirley Chisholm. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Written and directed by King’s “American Crime” boss John Ridley, “Shirley” will revisit Chisholm’s historic 1972 presidential marketing campaign. Chisholm was the primary Black lady elected to Congress, the primary particular person of coloration to pursue a significant political get together’s presidential nomination, and the primary lady to hunt the Democratic Celebration’s presidential nom.
“Shirley” is being produced by Participant and is predicted to shoot later this yr.
“Orange Is the New Black” alumna Uzo Aduba gained an Emmy final yr for portraying Chisholm in FX’s “Mrs. America.” “Black Panther” star Danai Gurira is signed on to play the trailblazer in Cherien Dabis’ upcoming biopic “The Preventing Shirley Chisholm.”
In keeping with THR, “‘Shirley’ filmmakers have an unique settlement with the Chisholm Property, giving them entry to her life story rights.” King and her sister Reina King are among the many challenge’s producers.
“Regina’s ardour for bringing an entire and really human portrait of Shirley to life has been evident since actually the day we first met,” mentioned Ridley. “I’m very grateful to each Regina and Reina for trusting me to accomplice in telling the story of this really outstanding particular person.”
King added, “Shirley Chisholm’s fearless dedication has been an inspiration to so many people, and with this movie we hope to encourage many generations to return.”
Ridley created “American Crime” and served as showrunner on the ABC anthology collection. King gained two Emmy Awards for her starring roles within the drama. Extra not too long ago she took house an Emmy for her performing in “Watchmen.”
In 2019 King obtained an Oscar for “If Beale Avenue Might Speak.” She’s up for Finest Director on the Golden Globes this yr for “One Evening in Miami,” her function directorial debut, and is a frontrunner to attain an Oscar nod for the historic drama. Set in 1964, the critically acclaimed pic sees Cassius Clay, later referred to as Muhammad Ali, being topped because the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and celebrating his win alongside Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke.