Fresh off her Oscar win for her performance in The Help, actress Viola Davis is looking to portray the life of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. According to Variety, the pic will depict Jordan’s rise from a poor Houston neighborhood to become the first African American elected to the Texas Senate and the first Southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives.
This definitely sounds like one of those roles that the Academy loves to reward, as shown last month by Meryl Streep taking home the Oscar for her performance in The Iron Lady. Given that Davis is a virtual lock to give a great performance in anything she does, is she an early contender to finally get that Oscar in 2014? No script has been written as of yet but Paris Qualles (The Rosa Parks Story) will adapt from the optioned biography “Barbara Jordan: American Hero.” Paris Barclay (Glee) will direct with Davis producing alongside her husband, Julius Tennon, through their JuVee banner.
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