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.


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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