Viola Davis Continues Chasing Oscar with a Barbara Jordan Biopic

March 9, 2012
Source: Variety

Viola Davis / Barbara Jordan

When Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for Best Actress last month, it was actually an upset. Sure Streep is the most nominated person in the history of the awards, but Viola Davis was actually the odds-on favorite to win for her performance in The Help. Now it appears the actress is headed back down the road to Oscar because Variety reports she'll star in a biopic of Barbara Jordan, one of the most important women of the Civil Rights movement. Davis joins Tom Hardy as an actor set to make her feature producing debut in a film she'll star in, producing alongside veteran TV director Paris Barclay, who will also direct the film.

Amusingly, the writer of this project shares the same first name as the director - Paris Qualles will take a crack at the script, and the thematic subject matter sounds like a good match since he's written TV movies about Rosa Parks, the Tuskegee Airmen, and adapted A Raisin in the Sun for the small screen. The role of Barbara Jordan sounds like a great opportunity for Viola Davis to really show off her talent, as Jordan was known for her powerful speeches, addressing the country during the Watergate scandal with President Richard Nixon and making waves with her words at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Qualles is still working on the script, so the project is still in the early stages of development right now. Stay tuned.

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Meryl Streep's winning was an UPSET? wtf* with you!? You loser

Kaja5679 on Mar 9, 2012


Of course it was an upset, you illiterate, shrieking wiener. She had won twice before, and the Iron Lady is definitely one of the weaker films she has ever been involved in (not Mama Mia weak, but pretty stale by her own standards). 

Lebowski on Mar 9, 2012


the award was for best actress and that is what meryl streep is there was no won to compare her she is the greatest actress alive and i wish her all the best for the future i would love her to get a 4th like katherine hepburn she deserves it she is such a hard worker and inspiration to all coming in to the hardest job in the show buisness world, a good solid marriage to show you can conbine everything if you are willing to work at it.

Yzonne Ilett on Mar 10, 2012


I agree.  She is simply the best - the best actress and a wonderful person.  She deserves every accolade she gets, and I too hope she gets a 4th and 5th Oscar, and then she will definitely be the best.

Heather Burdett on Mar 12, 2012

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