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Regina King to Produce and Star In Shirley Chisholm Biopic

Actress and director, Regina King is planning to star as the iconic politician — who was the first Black congresswoman — in an upcoming film.

King will also produce the feature, which is currently titled Shirley, with her sister, Reina King. 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley will serve as the film's writer and director.

Production on the film is scheduled to begin sometime later this year.

Shirley is set to give moviegoers a behind-the-scenes look at Chisholm's storied life and her run for president as a Democratic candidate in 1972.

In a recent statement, per Variety, King said, "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. To collaborate once again with my friend and mentor, John Ridley, and the team at Participant, makes this decade-long journey even sweeter."

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