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Viola Davis to play Shirley Chisholm, first black woman elected to Congress

Actress Viola Davis will portray the late politician Shirley Chisholm in an upcoming film for Amazon Studios.

Davis is set to star in and produce the project about Chisholm, who became the first black woman ever elected to the United States Congress in 1968 and the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination several years later, The Associated Press reported.

“JuVee Productions is beyond excited about our new relationship with Amazon Studios. We share the same vision of creating a vast and rich array of narratives that are inclusive and reflective of our world,” Davis, who co-runs JuVee Productions with husband Julius Tennon, said about the partnership in a statement seen by Deadline.

{mosads}“We started this company with a fierce commitment to integrity and the encouragement of emerging and/or established artists who have the courage and talent to be disruptors. We are thrilled that we can continue to share our vision on a global scale alongside Amazon Studios,” she continued. “It is our legacy.”

Chisholm, who died in 2005 at the age of 80, represented the New York’s 12th District in the House of Representatives for more than a decade.

The film, titled “The Fighting Shirley Chisholm,” will reportedly be directed by Maggie Betts.

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