Fresh off her accolades for her Oscar-nominated role in The Help, Hollywood it girl Viola Davis is gearing up to play the role of legendary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

The film will be one of the projects from Davis’ and her husband’s new “multi-ethnic” production company, JuVee Productions, and will be directed by Paris Barclay. The project will be based on the book Barbara Jordan: American Hero, and will show how the Congresswoman overcame her humble beginnings in Houston, Texas to be one of the most vocal proponents of civil and women’s rights.

Although the film has been discussed for years, Davis’ new-found notoriety is just what the project needed to get going. The filmmakers hope that it will be yet another opportunity for Davis to showcase her immense talent, and possibly earn her a much-deserved Oscar.

“In a world of movies about giants and Martians and toys come to life, if you can actually get involved with a movie about a human who single-handedly changed American politics, you say ‘yes,’?” Barclay told Variety. “We’re hoping this becomes a movie that shows the world everything that Viola can do. People haven’t seen everything that she’s capable of, and this role is so powerful.”

We can’t wait!

  • Alexandra

    That’s awesome! I think a lot of her fans want her to play a popular figure. I’m confident she can receive another Oscar nomination (and win) if she starred in biopic.
    I look forward to this film.

  • Scotland Dior

    Growing up Barbara Jordan was one of my sheroes and I was thinking to myself if anyone was to play her in film I would want Viola to do so. Oh, this just made my day. It really did!

  • Dalili

    Great! I can’t wait!

  • African Mami

    She is one of my new girl crush! Marry me Viola!!! So happy for her new found fame and recognition.

  • golden_girl

    With so much stupid stuff going on it is very refreshing to see a biopic about a woman who inspired me to really think outside the box and be thankful that I can break away from the norm.

  • http://None Deborah

    Yes, and AMEN!!!! Bravo to Ms. Davis . . . and the life of Ms. Jordan! Can’t wait.

  • Tonton Michel

    Produce, star, her own production company.

    Key words here.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I cannot wait. I’ll find a way to watch this, even if it means I need to travel for 3 hours!

  • Bisous

    They need a GOOD GOOD writer on board. Alot of biopics I’ve seen about people of color recently had really poor scripts. The dialogue was so stale other than that I can’t wait to hear more about the project. She’s also in a movie about the school system in Chicago I think.

  • Joan

    This is really exciting…I can’t wait to see it. And how beautiful does Viola look in that photo? :)

  • Candy 1

    Can’t wait to see it!

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  • Teresa Norvick

    I’m am performing Representative Barabara’s Jordan’s 1976 DNC Keynote address for Smile Toastmaster’s. She was and will always be very inspiring to me. I’ve learned even more about her during research. I can’t wait to see the film. Viola you are amazing. Good Luck!!! Break a leg.

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  • ViolaFan

    Viola, if you are able to pull this off, here’s one fan that will be at the theatre opening weekend.

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