Shirley trailer | Regina King transforms into a political hero in John Ridley’s new film

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Netflix have released the first trailer for Shirley, which stars Regina King as Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to be elected to Congress.

Netflix really has become the home of the biopic. Bradley Cooper and Colman Domingo both have their eyes on the Best Actor (and in Cooper’s case, Best Director, too) Oscar this year for their respective roles in Maestro and Rustin. Anette Bening and True Detective: Night Country star Jodie Foster are also up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their turns in NYAD

The latest real life person to get the Netflix biopic treatment is Shirley Chisholm. She was the first ever Black woman to be elected to Congress but Shirley, John Ridley’s film, is more concerned with her 1972 Presidential campaign run. 

Take a look at the Shirley trailer below. 

Regina King plays Shirley in the film and she is joined by Lucas Hedges, Amirah Vahn, André Holland, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherrie, Dorian Missick, W. Earl Brown and Terrence Howard in the cast. 

Shirley also marks one of Lance Reddick’s final film performances after the actor died in March 2023 from a heart condition. 

Here’s the official synopsis: “SHIRLEY tells the story of the first Black congresswoman and political icon, Shirley Chisholm, and her trailblazing run for president of the U.S. It chronicles her audacious, boundary-breaking 1972 presidential campaign.”

Shirley is heading to Netflix on 22nd March 2024. 

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