Yes, Viola Davis will be playing the first black woman to be elected to congress Shirley Chisholm, the actress will also produce the film as well… What’s funny is, back in 2016 Anika Rose was supposed to play Chisolm, click here if you missed that.
According to The Huffington Post:
Davis’ production company, JuVee Productions, which she co-runs with husband Julius Tennon, recently inked a first-look feature film deal with the streaming service.
The film will be the inaugural project under the new deal, but not Davis’ first with the studio, as she recently wrapped production on the comedy “Troupe Zero,” which also stars Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan.
Chisholm became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968 and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination four years later. The Brooklyn-born politician, who died in 2005, was consistently a champion of progressive causes through her career, fighting against discrimination of black Americans, women and LGBTQ people.
“JuVee Productions is beyond excited about our new relationship with Amazon Studios. We share the same vision of creating a vast and rich array of narratives that are inclusive and reflective of our world,” Davis said in a statement about the partnership. “We started this company with a fierce commitment to integrity and the encouragement of emerging and/or established artists who have the courage and talent to be disruptors. We are thrilled that we can continue to share our vision on a global scale alongside Amazon Studios. It is our legacy.”
In recent years, Chisholm’s own legacy has been re-examined, most recently in the critically acclaimed 2004 documentary “Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed” about her presidential run. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Chisholm a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.