Actress Anika Noni Rose is said to star in Shirley Chisholm biopic. The Tony award winning actress is currently working on the film about the woman who made history in 1972. Long before Hillary Clinton there was Shirley Chisholm.
The actress has signed on to star in a produced film chronicling the life of Chisholm, who in 1972, was the first woman to become a majors party’s presidential candidate. Chisholm served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969- 1983, went on to lose her bid for the White House but opened the doors for the likes of Clinton and President Obama.
The description of the film is as follows: Portrayed by Tony Award-Winning Actress, Anika Noni Rose, CHISHOLM embodies the keen sense of justice and community, embracing her fold like a warrior. Always meticulously dressed, pearls in place, watched adjusted to the second, Congresswoman Chisholm metamorphosed to do America’s business. With a colorful team of cohorts by her side, Congresswoman Chisholm personifies the bold educated Brooklynite with her roots firmly planted in her Caribbean heritage, hurdling humongous odds in a system structured for whites and males only. With an efficient producing team, Creative Monster Production’s Bryan Gambogi (‘Blue Jasmine’/’King of Beasts’ Documentary), Grant Anderson (‘Green Hornet’), Debbie Brubaker (‘Big Eyes’), Barbara Bullard, social innovator, and an award-winning writing team, Armistead Johnson and Montserrat Mendez, CHISHOLM will be eloquently developed changing the paradigm of how we ourselves can be a ‘Catalyst for Change.
Originally Viola Davis was announced to star in the biopic. However, Rose was tapped instead. The film is tentatively titled, Chisholm.