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Amazon Studios Taps Viola Davis to Star in Shirley Chisholm Project

Amazon Studios and Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions company will team to produce a film on the life of political activist Shirley Chisholm, the first project under production deal reached between the two companies earlier this week.

Davis will star and serve as executive producer of The Fighting Shirley Chisholm, based on the life of the first woman and the first person of color to seek a major American political party’s nomination for President, said Amazon. 

The movie will be produced by Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions company, which earlier this week inked a first-look production deal with Amazon Studios.

Davis and Tennon will serve as producers for The Fighting Shirley Chisholm along with Stephanie Allain and Mel Jones. Maggie Betts (Novitiate) will direct the screenplay, written by Adam Countee (Silicon Valley, Community, and Mindy Project), said Amazon.