Viola Davis to play Shirley Chisholm

Viola Davis, who will also produce the film with husband Julius Tennon, said through this film, she wanted to educate people about Chisholm.

Published: 10th January 2019 04:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2019 04:58 AM   |  A+A-

Actress Viola Davis. (File photo | AP)

Actress Viola Davis. (File photo | AP)

By Express News Service

 

A biopic on America’s first black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who was also the first woman and person of colour to pursure a nomination for President, is in the works with Academy Award-winner Viola Davis who’s roped in to play Chisholm. Produced by Amazon, the film will be directed by Maggie Betts based on a screenplay by Adam Countee.

Viola Davis, who will also produce the film with husband Julius Tennon, said through this film, she wanted to educate people about Chisholm. The as-yet-untitled-film is expected to be the first of a series of politically-themed films the couple will be making for the streaming giant.

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