Regina King To Play Shirley Chisholm In Film About Her Presidential Run

Regina King To Play Shirley Chisholm In Film About Her Presidential Run

Regina King has landed another iconic role.

The Oscar-winning actress is slated to play Shirley Chisolm in the upcoming film, Shirley. 

The project, written by John Ridley and produced by Participant, will begin filming later this year. Regina King’s Royal Ties Productions with Regina King will also produce. Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren will serve as executive producers.

While there are multiple Shirley Chisholm projects in the works, the family of the late politician has granted the filmmakers exclusive rights to her life.

Shirley will tell the story of Shirley Chisolm’s presidential campaign in 1972. Not only did her campaign garner impressive youth involvement, but it also landed her enough delegates to take the stage at the Democratic Convention. Shirley Chisolm is also notably the first-ever Black congresswoman in the U.S.

Regina King said in a statement:

“Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us, and with this film we hope to inspire many generations to come.”

John Ridley said of Regina King,

“Regina’s passion for bringing a complete and very human portrait of Shirley to life has been evident since literally the day we first met. I’m very thankful to both Regina and Reina for trusting me to partner in telling the story of this truly remarkable individual.”

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Authored by: Char Patterson