According to Cincinnati.com, a new film starring Regina King about Shirley Chisholm has begun filming in Cincinnati.
“Shirley,” a new film based on the life of Shirley Chisholm, the nation’s first Black congresswoman and the first Black woman to run for president for the Democratic Party, will star and be produced by Regina King.
The film will highlight Chisholm’s 1972 presidential campaign and give an “intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of the ground-breaking political leader during a seminal period in modern American history.”
King is a well-known actress who just made her directorial debut and won multiple Emmy Awards and an Academy Award for her part in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The Cincinnati native returned her first Emmy Award to her hometown to be kept safe by her mother and grandmother. She’s now going home to begin filming for the next picture, which she’ll co-write and direct with John Ridley.
While no specific filming locations have been revealed, casting director D.Lynn Meyers has stated on social media that they are searching for a large number of people to fill paid extra roles.
“We are thrilled to help bring this incredible motion picture to Cincinnati because of the jobs and economic impact it has on the region,” said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. “Cincinnati continues to be a world-class destination for production.”
For a long time, Cincinnati has been a popular destination for filmmakers, and the head of the film commission tells WLWT that 2022 is going to be a fantastic year for the industry.
King won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2019 for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and she has previously won Emmy Awards for her work in “American Crime,” “Seven Seconds,” and “Watchmen.”
In 2020, King made her directing debut with the film “One Night in Miami.”
King, who grew up in Los Angeles but was born in Cincinnati, sent her first Emmy Award to her hometown of Cincinnati, where her mother and grandmother could see it.