Danai Gurira to Play Shirley Chisholm in Movie About Her Run for President in 1972

Danai Gurira has landed an exciting new project!

The 42-year-old Black Panther actress, who is also a Tony-nominated playwright, will be playing the iconic Shirley Chisholm in a movie that follows her historic run for president in 1972.

Deadline reports that The Fighting Shirley Chisholm will be “less a biopic than a snapshot of Chisholm’s groundbreaking campaign, as the first Black female in Congress became the first woman and the first person of color to seek a major American political party’s presidential nomination.”

Viola Davis was previously attached to star in the film with Maggie Betts as the director, but now Danai will lead the film with Cherien Dabis as the director.

Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba just played Chisholm in the FX on Hulu limited series Mrs. America and she won an Emmy for the role.

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