Oscar Winner Regina King To Portray First Black Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisholm In New Film “Shirley”

by Gee NY
Image credit: Netflix

Regina King is set to grace the screen in March, taking on the challenging role of political trailblazer Shirley Chisholm in an upcoming film that delves into the groundbreaking presidential run of this historical figure.

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm etched her name in history by becoming the first Black candidate to pursue a major party’s nomination for the presidency.

However, her journey had already begun in 1968 when, as a Brooklyn native, she achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress.

The film, aptly titled “Shirley,” is written and directed by John Ridley, an Oscar winner for his screenplay on “12 Years a Slave.”

“Shirley” is not just a biopic.

“It chronicles her audacious, boundary-breaking 1972 presidential campaign,” says an article on Netflix’s website.

Renowned Oscar winner Regina King’s transformative portrayal of Shirley Chisholm promises to bring this remarkable story to life on the big screen.

The movie boasts an ensemble cast, including Lance Reddick, Lucas Hedges, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherrie, Dorian Crossmond Missick, Amirah Vann, W. Earl Brown, Brad James, and Reina King. Notably, André Holland and Terrence Howard also join the stellar lineup.

Regina King and Terrence Howard In Shirley. Image credit: Netflix

“Shirley” is scheduled to make its debut on Netflix on March 22, 2024.

The film is poised to not only showcase the remarkable achievements of Shirley Chisholm but also shed light on the pivotal moments in American political history that she played an instrumental role in shaping.

As Regina King takes on this transformative role, audiences can anticipate a powerful and captivating cinematic experience that pays homage to a true political pioneer.

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