Regina King is back, and she’s proving exactly why the movie world needs her. After an understandably low-key presence after last year’s tragic death of her only child, Ian, she makes her return to star as Shirley Chisholm in the Netflix biopic, SHIRLEY.
The streamer just dropped the first trailer of the movie that will tell the story of the legendary political force, Shirley Chisholm, who made history as the first Black woman to run for President on the ticket of a major party. In addition to her audacious, boundary-breaking 1972 presidential campaign, the political icon also served as the first black U.S. Congresswoman.
Regina definitely nailed the transformation into Congresswoman Chisholm, and we just know she’s about to flex some of her best acting skills while portraying that trailblazing run for president of the U.S. The biopic, which drops March 22, 2024, will chronicle it all.
Regina’s starring alongside Terrence Howard, as well as her sister Reina King. Both Regina & Reina are also serving as producers. The late Lance Riddick also stars in the film, along with Brad James. John Ridley wrote and directed the biopic.
A few fab facts about Ms. Chisholm: She went to Brooklyn College in her hometown of BK for a degree in teaching, and also got her Masters from Columbia. She was a legendary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She represented New York’s 12th congressional district, a district centered on Bed–Stuy, for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. Before being elected to U.S. Congress, she served in the NY State Assembly, and was succeeded by Thomas F. Fortune who is currently being portrayed on MAX’s hit series (that we’re OBSESSED with!) “The Gilded Age.” Chisholm was twice married & once widowed. She received the Presidential Medial of Freedom posthumously from President Obama, who cited her as one of his political idols. Past political opponents blocked the queen of “Unbought & Unbossed” from nabbing the Chancellor and Presidential posts she desired at various colleges, including at her alma mater. Because, of course.
We’ve got the first stills from the movie in the gallery below:
Will you be watching?
Photo Credit: Netflix, Library of Congress