American singer and actress Anika Noni Rose, recently starring in the remake of ‘Roots,’ will be producing and starring in the new Shirley Chisholm biopic.
The film will showcase Chisholm’s life, giving insight on black girl magic, and the reason why black girls rock.
Shirley Chisholm was not only the first African American woman to be elected into the U.S. Congress, serving seven terms in New York’s 12th Congressional District, but she was the first African American to run for president in 1972.
Viola Davis was said to be featured in the film when it was first announced in 2010, but its producer, Barbara Bullard, confirmed Rose is currently set to produce and star in the film, according to Shadow and Act.
The film’s synopsis states:
“Portrayed by Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, Chisholm embodies the keen sense of justice and community, embracing her fold like a warrior. Always meticulously dressed, pearls in place, watch adjusted to the second, Congresswoman Chisholm metamorphosed to do America’s business. With a colorful team of cohorts by her side, Congresswoman Chisholm personifies the bold educated Brooklynite with her roots firmly planted in her Caribbean heritage, hurdling humongous odds in a system structured for whites and males only. With an efficient producing team, Creative Monster Production’s Bryan Gambogi (Blue Jasmine/King of Beasts Documentary), Grant Anderson (Green Hornet), Debbie Brubaker (Big Eyes), Barbara Bullard, social innovator, and an award-winning writing team, Armistead Johnson and Montserrat Mendez, Chisholm will be eloquently developed, changing the paradigm of how we ourselves can be a “Catalyst for Change.”
Not many details have been released about the film yet, but with Rose’s amazing performance in ‘Roots,’ ‘Dreamgirls,’ and ‘Caroline,’ one can only imagine how epic the ‘Chisholm’ biopic will be.