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Shirley, a biographical drama film set in 2024, is penned and helmed by John Ridley. It showcases the unsuccessful 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the pioneering Black woman who made history as the first to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Regina King takes on the lead role, supported by a cast including Lance Reddick, Lucas Hedges, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherrie, André Holland, and Terrence Howard.

Shirley Plot Summary

Shirley Chisholm breaks new ground by launching a historic campaign for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination following her groundbreaking achievement as the initial Black woman to be elected to Congress.

Shirley Cast

  • Regina King as Shirley Chisholm
  • Lance Reddick as Wesley McDonald “Mac” Holder
  • Terrence Howard as Arthur Hardwick Jr.
  • Lucas Hedges as Robert Gottlieb
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell as Stanley Townsend
  • Christina Jackson as Barbara Lee
  • Michael Cherrie as Conrad Chisholm
  • André Holland as Walter Fauntroy
  • Dorian Missick as Ron Dellums
  • Amirah Vann as Diahann Carroll
  • W. Earl Brown as George Wallace
  • Brad James as Huey P. Newton
  • Reina King as Muriel St. Hill