Danai Gurira lands featuring role in The Fighting Shirley Chisholm

Danai Gurira lands featuring role in The Fighting Shirley Chisholm

Danai Gurira is going from battling zombies to battling the status quo in politics.

The Walking Dead star has handled the titular featuring role in The Fighting Shirley Chisholm, EW has affirmed. The film recounts the tale of the first Black senator Shirley Chisholm and her groundbreaking 1972 presidential campaign. Ramy’s Cherien Dabis will coordinate the film, with Silicon Valley’s Adam Countee writing the script.

While The Fighting Shirley Chisholm follows the titular political figure’s historical run for office as the first woman and the first person of color to look for a major party’s presidential nomination, it isn’t viewed as a biopic. The film rather will focus on Chisholm’s campaign and the wide-running effect it had on America’s youth at that point, as well as how “her efforts to gain enough delegates to speak for the people at the Democratic Convention” tested the political status quo.

In 2018, Viola Davis was set to star and executive produce the film when it was at Amazon Studios. Furthermore, more recently Uzo Aduba won an Emmy for playing Chisholm in FX’s Mrs. America.

Gurira as of late wrapped her run on AMC’s The Walking Dead as Michonne. She right now stars as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is set to repeat the role in the forthcoming Black Panther sequel.

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