Danai Gurira Tapped To Star In ‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ Film, Replacing Viola Davis

Danai Gurira Tapped To Star In ‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ Film, Replacing Viola Davis

Black Panther actor Danai Gurira is now slated to take on the starring role of Shirley Chisholm in the upcoming film The Fighting Shirley Chisolm. 

Back in 2018, it was reported that Viola Davis would be starring and producing the movie under Amazon, with Maggie Betts directing. But it looks like there’s been a change for who would be in front of and behind the camera.

Cherien Dabis is now directing, but Stephanie Allain is still on board as the original producer.

Shirley Chisholm was a politician, educator, and author. She represented New York’s 12th congressional district for 7 terms from 1969 to 1983.  She is the first black woman elected to the United States Congress and the first woman and first black major-party candidate to run for President of the United States. She announced her presidential bid in a Brooklyn area Baptist church in 1972.

The film will show Shirley Chisholm’s run for office, focusing on her campaign and the lasting impact it had on the world at the time.  It will also walk viewers through her process to obtain enough delegates to be able to speak at the Democratic National Convention.

Danai Gurira is most known for her role as Okoye in Black Panther and is set to return in the highly anticipated Black Panther sequel that recently received a release date of May 6, 2022.

Ryan Coogler made the exciting announcement to fans about Black Panther II on Instagram writing,

“Just announced at D23 Expo, Ryan Coogler returns to direct Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER 2, in theaters May 6, 2022.”

Coogler stated during the announcement,

“We’re taking our time, we’re really trying to get it right.”

But following the death of Chadwick Boseman, there have been no updates on if the sequel will happen.

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Authored by: Demi Lobo