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Get a First Look at Regina King as Shirley Chisolm in ‘Shirley’ [ TEASER]

SHIRLEY. (L to R) Regina King as Shirley Chisholm and Terrence Howard as Arthur Hardwick Jr. in Shirley. Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2023.

Regina King, the Oscar-winning actress, is set to portray political trailblazer Shirley Chisholm in an upcoming film titled “Shirley.” The movie, written and directed by John Ridley, another Oscar winner for his screenplay in “12 Years a Slave,” chronicles Chisholm’s groundbreaking run for president in 1972. Notably, Chisholm became the first Black candidate to seek a major party’s nomination for the presidency, following her historic election as the first Black woman in the US Congress in 1968.

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“Shirley” unfolds the inspirational story of Shirley Chisholm’s audacious 1972 presidential campaign, breaking boundaries in the political landscape. The film will give an “intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of the ground-breaking political leader.”

Regina King’s transformation into the role can be glimpsed in the teaser below and some first look images.

The cast of “Shirley” includes Regina King as Chisholm, alongside Lance Reddick, Lucas Hedges, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherrie, Dorian Crossmond Missick, Amirah Vann, W. Earl Brown, Brad James, Reina King, André Holland, and Terrence Howard.

Ridley is producing alongside Anikah McLaren and Elizabeth Haggard for Participant, and Regina King and Reina King for Royal Ties Productions. Jeff Skoll and Ted Gidlow are exec producing.

Netflix is set to release “Shirley” on March 22, 2024, allowing viewers to delve into the historical narrative of Shirley Chisholm’s remarkable journey.

Check out the trailer below and some first look images

SHIRLEY. (L to R) Regina King as Shirley Chisholm and Terrence Howard as Arthur Hardwick Jr. in Shirley. Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2023.
SHIRLEY. (L to R) Christina Jackson as Barbara Lee, Michael Cherrie as Conrad Chisholm, Regina King as Shirley Chisholm, Lance Reddick as Wesley McDonald “Mac” Holder and Lucas Hedges as Robert Gottlieb in Shirley. Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2023.
SHIRLEY. (L to R) Terrence Howard as Arthur Hardwick Jr., Lance Reddick as Wesley McDonald “Mac” Holder in Shirley. Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2023.
SHIRLEY. Regina King as Shirley Chisholm and Lucas Hedges as Robert Gottlieb in Shirley. Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2023.

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