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Regina King To Play 1st Black Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisholm In Biopic?

by Vanessa Martinez
March 1, 2012 8:58 PM
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Regina King - Shirley Chisholm

Regina King has expressed her desire to portray the first Black New York Congresswoman and Presidential Candidate Shirley Chisholm previously. A few years ago, she mentioned it on an interview with Kam Williams and in THIS interview this past January, in which The Daily Beast states that King, "hopes to one day pen and star in a docudrama." Most recently, Kerry Washington mentioned Regina King and the project in THIS interview with Kam Williams just last month, where Washington says, "And I just heard that Regina King is doing Shirley Chisholm, perfect casting, which is another story that has to be told."

Does Ms. Washington know something we don't? 

Last time anything was mentioned on S&A about a film biopic of Chisholm was back in 2010 at the old site, when Tambay posted about Viola Davis being eyed to portray the the 72' presidential runner for a democratic nomination in a feature film written by Camille Thomasson and produced by Bryan Gambogi and Grant Anderson of Creative Monster Productions.

Although, I couldn't find further information in the production company's website, the film Chisholm is listed in imdb under Creative Monster Productions' credits with a release date of 2012 and showing in pre-production. However, no word on whether the project is alive and/or if it's affiliated with the project Regina King has in mind.

Hopefully we'll find out one way or another, sooner than later, if a feature film is actually in development. It would be interesting to see King tackle this role.

Meanwhile here's a clip of the 2005 documentary Chisholm '72 Unbought & Unbossed, a doc that I must watch, like, now!

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  • B | March 12, 2012 5:25 PMReply

    Regina is perfect for this role!

  • Rosie | March 8, 2012 11:56 AMReply

    Sure would be a positive role for BW. Regina King would be great in this role.

  • Sha'ahn | March 7, 2012 1:31 PMReply

    I like both Regina King and Anika Noni Rose for this role

  • John B | March 6, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    Regina Arnold is a true gem. Talented and very sharp. Seems like perfect casting to me.

  • Tamara | March 5, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    YES. I'm all for Regina in this role. I've seen the Shirley documentary. I even got a chance to meet her years ago. An amazing story of an amazing woman.

  • Nadell | March 4, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    I think Anika Noni Rose would be an excellent candidate!

  • Donella | March 4, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    Regina King would do great justice to this role.

  • Logic | March 4, 2012 3:56 AMReply

    Yes, please!

  • DRT | March 2, 2012 4:03 PMReply


  • Ava | March 2, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    Wow, Regina & Viola are both women of substance and I can see either of these ladies performing the role.

  • me | March 2, 2012 12:15 PMReply


  • Masha Dowell | March 2, 2012 9:45 AMReply

    I see Viola in this project... esp that accent (she already has it).

  • Jules | March 2, 2012 9:15 AMReply

    This actually sounds interesting. Would love to see it.

  • boomslang | March 3, 2012 5:08 PM

    Me too. I hope it is PBS material .I'll be able to check it out. I don't live in the US sadly. Regina is one fine actress who knows her craft .

  • get these nets | March 2, 2012 12:06 AMReply

    Don't think Chisolm was the first Black presidential candidate, but this is an interesting post.

    Reagan is the pres
    but I voted for Shirley Chisolm

  • Jmac | March 1, 2012 10:49 PMReply

    Now this is a biopic I would loooooove to see.

  • dani | March 1, 2012 10:33 PMReply


  • Monique A. Williams | March 1, 2012 10:20 PMReply

    Great, great news! I <3 Shirley Chisholm. She was more than a Black candidate, more than a female candidate. She was for the people. Regina King can definitely do the part justice.

  • Nadine | March 1, 2012 9:52 PMReply

    ...Willie Brown won't be pleased. CBC will be on their toes too. Regina can do it. I hope she works the Chisholm accent!

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