Danai Gurira to star as Shirley Chisholm in her next
Danai plays the titular character in a story that follows Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman, and her historic 1972 presidential run
Danai Gurira is all set to star in The Fighting Shirley Chisholm, as the titular character in a story that follows Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 presidential run. Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to be elected to Congress in the United States.
Cherien Dabis will direct the film from a script written by Adam Countee. Stephanie Allain will produce the film under Homegrown Pictures, with Gabrielle Ebron as an executive producer.
Variety reported that though Gurira will play Chisholm, the movie will not be a biopic, but instead will focus more on the campaign and how “the Chisholm Trail was populated by young people who sought social and political change during one of the most turbulent times in American history.”
Gurira, who is well-known for her roles in AMC's The Walking Dead and Marvel's Black Panther, will also be seen in the former's upcoming 11th season and in the latter's sequel, Black Panther 2.