Danai Gurira is one of the most versatile performers in the world today. Following a star-making role in Marvel’s Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, Gurira continues to bolster her résumé with new and exciting roles. As first reported by Deadline, the actress will next portray the iconic Shirley Chisholm in a new biopic titled The Fighting Shirley Chisholm.
Hailing from Ramy executive producer Cherien Dabis, the feature will document Chisholm’s historical 1972 run for the U.S. presidency. Adam Countee (The Mindy Project) wrote the screenplay and will come aboard to produce as well. However, Viola Davis was attached to portray the American politician for Amazon Studios.
Per the initial report, the film will not present itself as a full-fledged biopic. Instead, the film will follow Chisholm’s groundbreaking sprint for the White House. In 1968, Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress. A few years later, she became the first African-American candidate for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Recently, Uzo Aduba portrayed Chisholm in the limited series Mrs. America, for which she won an Emmy Award.
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Additionally, Stephanie Allain (Black Snake Moan) and Gabrielle Ebron (Juanita) will serve as the picture’s executive producers.
In addition to Gurira’s roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she appeared in AMC’s The Walking Dead for 7 seasons. Gurira is also the playwright of the Broadway Tony Award nominee Eclipsed. Her additional credits include All Eyez on Me, Treme, and Law & Order.
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