Viola Davis to Star in Barbara Jordan Biopic?
"Davis is eyeing the project as a starring vehicle that she will produce with her husband, Julius Tennon, through their JuVee banner along with Barclay, Shelly Glasser and Diane Nabatoff" said variety.com.
Barbara Charline Jordan (1936 – 1996) was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives.
Her biography by Mary Beth Rogers, "Barbara Jordan: American Hero," has been optioned for the film.
Viola Davis was awarded the 2001 Tony Award for her work in King Hedley II, and the 2010 Tony Award for Fences. She has also received two Drama Desk Awards, for King Headley II and, in 2004, for her work in an off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel.
Davis has also had roles in numerous films, including three films by Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Solaris, and Traffic). Her television work includes a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; a starring role in the short-lived Traveler; and a special guest appearance in "Badge", a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode.