Actress Viola Davis will play the first black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in a new biopic.
Chisholm became the first black Congresswoman in the 1960’s when she represented New York’s 12th district.
The biographical film is being produced by Davis and her husband Julius Tennon’s production house, JuVee, for Amazon, and it does not have a title yet.
“I hope to educate, because a lot of people don’t know who she was,” Viola said.
Shirley was also the first woman of any race and from a major political party to run for president. She passed away in 2005.
The film will tell the story of Shirley as she became a civil rights pioneer throughout the 1960s and 70s.
Davis and Tennon will produce the film and Maggie Betts will direct it from a screenplay by Adam Countee.
“We want to do the same thing, make content that highlights people of colour across the globe,” Tennon said about their deal with Amazon.
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– Written by Rekha Kulen