Viola Davis To Star In ‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ For Amazon StudiosPosted by Wilson Morales
November 29, 2018
Amazon Studios has acquired The Fighting Shirley Chisholm with Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Viola Davis attached to star in the title role and produce.
Producers are Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Dear White People) and Mel Jones under Homegrown Pictures, with Davis and Julius Tennon under their JuVee Productions banner. Maggie Betts (Novitiate) will direct the screenplay written by Emmy-nominated writer Adam Countee (“Silicon Valley”, “Community”, “Mindy Project”) about the true story of renowned political figure Shirley Chisholm.
U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm was both the first woman and the first person of color to seek a major American political party’s nomination for President. The trailblazing congresswoman’s bid drew ridicule and bigoted backlash, but she wasn’t one to back down. Countee had long been interested in telling the story and his research led him to write the feature script on spec.
After recently inking a first look exclusive production deal with Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, The Fighting Shirley Chisholm further expands on Amazon Studios and JuVee Productions commitment to telling inclusive and impactful stories from established and new filmmakers of all backgrounds.
Davis can currently be seen starring in the critically acclaimed Widows from director Steve McQueen and stars in Amazon Studio’s Troupe Zero, alongside Alison Janney and Jim Gaffigan.
Davis is repped by CAA, Lasher Group and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman Inc. Homegrown Pictures is repped by UTA, Artists First and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Countee is repped by UTA and 3Arts.