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Regina King to star in Shirley Chisholm biopic

Oscar winner Regina King is ready to play America’s first Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in a brand new biographical drama.

Titled Shirley, the movie will probably be written and directed by John Ridley, who received greatest tailored screenplay Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave.

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Regina King and her youthful sister, Reina King of Royal Ties Productions will produce, together with movie firm Participant.

In keeping with Deadline, Shirley follows the dynamic presidential marketing campaign launched in 1972 by Chisholm and can present an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of the ground-breaking political chief throughout a seminal interval in fashionable American historical past.

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The function is predicated on her life story rights by an unique settlement with the Chisholm Property.

Regina King, who has usually publicly expressed her want to play Chisholm, stated the Congresswoman’s fearless dedication has been an inspiration.

“… With this film we hope to inspire many generations to come. To collaborate once again with my friend and mentor, John Ridley, and the team at Participant, makes this decade-long journey even sweeter,” the actor-director stated.

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Ridley stated he’s grateful to Regina and Reina King for trusting him in telling the story of “this truly remarkable individual”.

David Linde, CEO of Participant, stated it was time to carry to the fore the story of Chisholm as a politician and her ground-breaking profession in Washington which is “a critical part of American history that is far too often overlooked”.

This isn’t the primary biopic on Chisolm that’s within the works.

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Final November, it was reported that Black Panther star Danai Gurira has landed the titular position in The Preventing Shirley Chisholm, a movie on the pioneering presidential candidate. To be directed by Hollywood veteran Cherien Dabis, the function can even observe Chisholm’s 1972 presidential run.

Regina King lately directed and govt produced One Evening in Miami which is producing buzz this awards season. She additionally received an Emmy for her position within the HBO restricted sequence Watchmen.

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