Variety reports that Viola Davis (‘The Help,’ ‘Doubt’) is teaming with veteran TV director Paris Barclay to develop a biopic of African-American political pioneer Barbara Jordan.
Davis will produce the film with her husband Julius Tennon, via their JuVee production banner along with Barclay, and producers Shelly Glasser and Diane Nabatoff. The actress is believed to be eyeing the project as a starring vehicle.
Penned by Paris Qualles and based on the biography ‘Barbara Jordan: American Hero,’ by Mary Beth Rogers, the film will celebrate the remarkable life and career of the eminent Texas orator, legislator and teacher, who was Texas’ first African-American woman state senator.
Jordan, the first African American woman from the South to be elected to Congress (serving from 1973 to 1979), also became the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention in 1976.