A new biopic about Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected into Congress, starring Regina King is in the making.
Photos of the Academy Award-winning actress have surfaced, and her resemblance to Chisholm is incredible.
In one of the photos, King is seen sporting Chisholm’s signature hairstyle and glasses. Her resemblance to the congresswoman already has fans speculating that this role will earn King another Oscar nomination.
First look at Regina King and Terrence Howard film the Shirley Chisholm biopic, 'Shirley' for Netflix. King is portraying Chisholm and Howard is portraying her husband, private investigator Conrad Chisholm pic.twitter.com/6zyEs7D49s
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The Netflix original biopic, titled “Shirley,” has begun production in King’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
King has stayed out of the public eye since the tragic passing of her only son, Ian Alexander, Jr., so this is the first time since January the actress has been seen out.
The Participant media company announced last February that it would be producing this film.
Oscar-winning filmmaker John Ridley is slated to write and direct this biopic and will be produced under King’s Royal Ties Productions.
“Regina’s passion for bringing a complete and very human portrait of Shirley to life has been evident since literally the day we first met. I’m very thankful to both Regina and Reina trusting me to partner in telling the story of this truly remarkable individual,” said Ridley.
Jeff Skoll and Anikaj McLaren will serve as executive producers for this project.
“Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us, and with this film, we hope to inspire many generations to come,” King said in a statement.
She also stated that she was excited to be working with John Ridley again as well as Participant.
The film “Shirley” will follow the congresswoman’s 1972 presidential campaign, in which she made history by being the first Black woman to pursue a presidential nomination in the United States.
Terrance Howard will also star in the film, and is set to play Chisholm’s husband, private investigator Conrad Chisholm.
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