Danai Gurira is about to make a political entry on the big screen. The ‘Black Panther’ actress has been cast to play Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to make it to Congress in 1968.
The film titled, ‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ will be directed by Cherien Dabis with a script penned down by Adam Countee. Stephanie Allian is attached to produce via her Homegrown Pictures banner. Gabrielle Ebron will serve as executive produce to the feature film.
According to Variety, the developing film will not detail the personal life of Chisholm, but instead highlight the political campaigns of Chisholm before making it to Congress.
Chisholm’s character was initially scripted to be played by Viola Davis at Amazon Studios, where she was also committed to produce under her JuVee Productions outfit. Gurira, who is now the new star of the film was last seen in cinemas with ‘Avengers: Endgame’ where she reprised her ‘Black Panther’ role Okoye, a member of the Dora Milaje.
She is repped by UTA, Suskin and Jackoway Austen.