Congressmember Shirley Chisholm will be played by Danai Gurira in The Fighting Shirley Chisholm. Viola Davis was attached to star when the project was set up at Amazon.
The film is not a standard life story, according to the filmmakers. It’s about how Chisholm recognized that “she could make real change by challenging the status quo through her efforts to gain enough delegates to speak for the people at the Democratic Convention.”
Gurira has wowed audiences in Black Panther and The Walking Dead. Given the recent ascendance of Kamala Harris and the important role Stacey Abrams played in helping Georgia go blue through voter enfrachisement, this project feels more relevant than ever.
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