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Regina King to play Shirley Chisolm in new biopic

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Regina King is poised to play Shirley Chisolm in a biopic about the country’s first Black congresswoman.

The “If Beale Street Could Talk” actress will also produce “Shirley,” Participant Media announced Wednesday.

The barrier-breaking New York lawmaker — also the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination — served seven terms in Congress after being elected in 1969. She died in 2005 at 80.

Academy Award winner John Ridley will direct the film, which is expected to begin production later this year.

King, 50, has long said her “dream” role would be to portray Chisholm.

“Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us, and with this film we hope to inspire many generations to come,” she said in a statement about the project.

The Oscar-winning performer isn’t the only actress to take on the role of the real-life lawmaker.

“The Help’s” Viola Davis was tied to a film for Amazon Studios about Chisholm, announced back in 2018. “Orange is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba played Chisolm in the FX series “Mrs. America.”

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