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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Viola Davis to star in Barbara Jordan biopic

The late Barbara Jordan made her mark in politics and history and now her story is about to grace Hollywood. And it’s only fitting that newest Hollywood it-woman Viola Davis of ‘The Help’ will play the congresswoman, who was also a civil rights and womens rights icon.


Actress Viola Davis. (JOE KLAMAR - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
The project is based on the book “Barbara Jordan: American Hero” by Mary Beth Rogers. Jordan was the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate the first Southern black female elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is also known for her famous and moving keynote address at the Democratic National Party Convention in 1976.

Davis and her husband Julius Tennon founded JuVee Productions, the multi-ethnic production company that will produce the movie. It will be directed by Paris Barclay, who has directed episodes of shows from Lost to Glee.

"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 .

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