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