Regina King on Set as Shirley Chisholm!

Regina King as Shirley Chisholm (Instagram)

In her first public sighting since the tragic death of her son Ian Alexander Jr., Regina King was sighted on set filming a biopic on Shirley Chisholm in her hometown of Cincinnati.

The 50-year-old Oscar winner is channeling her grief to portray the first African-American congresswoman and presidential candidate who passed away in 2005 at age 80.

Shirley follows Chisholm’s historic presidential campaign, which began in 1972. According to Deadline, the filmmakers reached an exclusive agreement for her life story rights with the Chisholm Estate, allowing the feature to give audiences a more intimate portrait of the pioneer’s life during her groundbreaking campaign.

Oscar nominee Terrence Howard will portray her husband private investigator Conrad Chisholm.

John Ridley, who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, wrote and will direct the feature. King will produce, with Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren serving as executive producers.

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