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Danai Gurira to Play Shirley Chisholm in Movie About Her Run for President in 1972

Danai Gurira has landed an exciting new project!

The 42-year-old Black Panther actress, who is also a Tony-nominated playwright, will be playing the iconic Shirley Chisholm in a movie that follows her historic run for president in 1972.

Deadline reports that The Fighting Shirley Chisholm will be “less a biopic than a snapshot of Chisholm’s groundbreaking campaign, as the first Black female in Congress became the first woman and the first person of color to seek a major American political party’s presidential nomination.”

Viola Davis was previously attached to star in the film with Maggie Betts as the director, but now Danai will lead the film with Cherien Dabis as the director.

Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba just played Chisholm in the FX on Hulu limited series Mrs. America and she won an Emmy for the role.

Chadwick Boseman's 'Black Panther' Co-Star Danai Gurira Writes Heartbreaking Tribute After His Death

Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira has paid tribute to him after his tragic death earlier in the weekend at the young age of 43. He quietly battled colon cancer before his death.

“How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace. On many an occasion I would think how thankful I was that he was the leading man I was working closely with. A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation,” the 43-year-old actress posted on Instagram.

She continued, “He made everyone feel loved, heard and seen. He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life. He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life’s challenges; while still guiding us all.”

Danai also wrote, “He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly, good. I can’t even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend.”

She ended the tribute with the Xhosa phrase, “Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani,” which roughly translates to “Sleep in peace, O King.”

See what Chadwick‘s other Black Panther co-stars said after his sudden death.

Danai Gurira Says Goodbye to 'The Walking Dead' After Seven Seasons

SPOILER ALERT – Don’t read ahead if you haven’t watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead!

Danai Gurira‘s time on The Walking Dead has come to an end.

After seven seasons on the hit AMC series, the 42-year-old actress’ character Michonne is off on a new journey. Danai announced she was leaving the show back in July 2019.

“It’s bittersweet,” Danai shared with The New York Times. “But it’s time for me to go on other journeys.”

In her final episode, we find Michonne re-imagining a series of events in her life, suggesting what her life might have been like if she had joined Team Negan (led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Michonne then leaves her children in the care of Daryl (Norman Reedus) after discovering evidence that her former lover Rick Grimes (Andrew Grimes) is still alive. She then leaves on her mission to go find him.

Michonne not being killed off the show could suggest that she will be returning for the planned Walking Dead film series.

“They walked me through this last episode long before I got the script,” Danai continued. “But I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out until today, when I finally saw it. It was chilling to watch. And I don’t even know how they did some of that.”

While she wouldn’t confirm that she will be in any upcoming movies, Danai is grateful for her time on The Walking Dead and learned a lot from playing Michonne.

“Michonne was very much someone I had to step up to, especially when she started to grow into herself and step away from her demons,” Danai shared. “When she became an item with Rick, Michonne was kind of more cool, and Rick was hot. The way she handles and assesses and comes to clarity about things — I’ve always said, she’s smarter than me, she’s faster than me, and she’s stronger than me. So I had to step into her agility and power. I always felt like I could learn from her as a woman, you know?”

New episodes of The Walking Dead air on Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC.

Danai Gurira Is Red Hot In Mugler at SAG Awards 2020

Danai Gurira stuns in a bold red dress while arriving at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (January 19) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The Walking Dead star was joined by fellow presenters Daveed Diggs and Pedro Pascal at the event.

Daveed joined America Ferrera in presenting Jennifer Aniston with the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series award.

Danai and Lupita Nyong’o presented Sam Rockwell with Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries; and Pedro teamed up with Sophie Turner to present Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries to Michelle Williams.

FYI: Danai wore a Mugler dress with Bvlgari jewelry and bag, and Christian Louboutin shoes. Pedro wore a Dunhill look. Daveed is wearing a Hilton Turner suit and Max Verre shoes.

20+ pictures inside of Danai Guria, Daveed Diggs and Pedro Pascal at the SAG Awards 2020

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Busy Philipps, Jane Fonda, Jameela Jamil & More Honor the Women of the Year!

Busy Philipps, Jane Fonda, and Jameela Jamil walk the red carpet while attending the 2019 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Monday (November 11) at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

There are so many celebs in attendance at the annual event to pay tribute to the women who are being honored. (See our posts highlighting the honorees in attendance!)

Also at the event were Jameela‘s boyfriend James Blake, Anna Wintour, Brooke Shields, Pose‘s MJ Rodriguez, How to Get Away with Murder‘s Aja Naomi King, When They See UsNiecy Nash, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Samira Wiley, Black Panther‘s Danai Gurira, Aladdin‘s Nasim Pedrad, Stranger ThingsCara Buono, Schitt’s Creek‘s Annie Murphy, GirlsZosia Momet, Sunnyside‘s Kal Penn, GLOW‘s Britney Young, and For All Mankind‘s Sarah Jones.

Models Anne V, Karolina Kurkova, Halima Aden, and Iskra Lawrence were all there, as well as fashionista Olivia Palermo and husband Johannes Huebl.

FYI: Jameela is wearing a Balmain dress. Anna is wearing a Chanel dress. MJ is wearing a custom Cong Tri dress. Aja is wearing a Marc Jacobs dress. Anne is wearing an Etro dress.

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Lauren Cohan Reunites With Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus & 'Walking Dead' Cast at NYCC

The Walking Dead cast is back together at 2019 New York Comic-Con!

The co-stars, including Lauren Cohan who will be returning for season 11, hit the stage at the event on Saturday afternoon (October 5) at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Lauren was also joined by Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danai Gurira, Cailey Fleming, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam and Ross Marquand.

During the panel discussion, it was confirmed that the show would be getting an 11th season and Lauren would be back to portray Maggie Greene.

Make sure to get all the details about The Walking Dead‘s upcoming season!

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'Walking Dead' & 'Fear the Walking Dead' Casts Team Up for Season 10 Premiere

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ryan Hurst, and Norman Reedus join forces at the Walking Dead Premiere and Party!

The co-stars stepped out for the event held on Monday (September 23) in West Hollywood, Calif.

They were joined by their castmates Eleanor Matsuura, Christian Serratos, Cailey Fleming, Ross Marquand, Cooper Andrews, Avi Nash, Thora Birch, Nadia Hilker, Chris Hardwick, Alanna Masterson, Greg Nicotero, Danai Gurira, Angel Theory, Seth Gilliam, Callan McAuliffe, Nadine Marissa, Khary Payton, Cassady McClincy, Melissa McBride, and Austin Amelio.

Also in attendance were Fear the Walking Dead‘s Alexa Nisenson, Jenna Elfman, and Karen David.

Jeffrey‘s wife Hilarie Burton and singer Marilyn Manson were also there to show their support.

Season 10 of The Walking Dead premieres on October 6 on AMC!

READ MORE: Diane Kruger & Norman Reedus Wear Face Masks Together in Cute Selfie!

FYI: Danai is wearing Christopher Kane. Karen is wearing Dolce & Gabbana with Casadei shoes, Mio Narutaka earrings, and Melinda Maria rings. Angel is carrying an Onna Ehrlich clutch. Alexis is wearing Dena Kemp jewelry.

45+ pictures inside of the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead casts at the premiere… More Here! »

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