Word on the street is Tony award winner and Oscar nominated actress, Viola Davis, is the top pick for the Shirley Chisholm role. According to New York Daily News, Creative-Monster producers Grant Anderson and Bryan Gambogi are bringing the life and work of Shirley Chisholm, Brooklyn Congresswoman, and first major party Black candidate for President of the United States, to the big screen.

The untitled motion picture was written by Camille Thomasson, who appears to specialize in bio-pics (“When Loves is not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story,” “Picture of Hollis Woods”).

The story will chart Chisholm’s rise to her position as the first Black woman to serve in Congress, in addition to her historic run for President in 1972. Chisholm was an icon to both the Black and women’s movements in the 1970’s. Chisholm passed at 80 in 2005. But her fiery “Unbought and Unbossed” persona is remembered and is sure to be a well-received subject for movie goers. We have no doubt that if the talented Viola Davis accepts the Chisholm role, she will nail it!

Davis starred most recently opposite Julia Roberts in “Eat, Pray, Love.” She won a Tony for her role in August Wilson’s “Fences” on Broadway opposite fellow winner, Denzel Washington, and she scored an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a mother of a molested African American boy in the dramatic thriller, “Doubt.”

Do you think Davis can capture Chisholm’s essence? Sound off!

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  • sloane

    first, i think it’s great that a film is being made about shirley chisholm. second, i think viola davis is a wonderful and powerful actress. i’ve liked her ever since i saw her in antwone fisher. it would be interesting to see what she does with this role.

  • WoW

    I think Shirley was the first glamourous politician. She was stylish, skinny and powerful aside from being a genius. Before images of a confident independent woman became commercialized in 70’s ads, Shirley was living the life as power house politician. My idol for sure.

  • deejay

    No. I think an unknown actor/tress who more emulates the late Chisolm should be cast. Davis is a superb actress [in my opinion], but does not emulate Chisolm. Chisolm was of petite stature and her facial structure is not of Chilsom’s. Just wouldn’t like to see her for the part. Sorry!=(