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Shirley: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything there is to know about this biographical drama film

Helmed by John Ridely, Shirley stars Lance Reddick, Terrence Howard, Lucas Hedges, among others

Shirley: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything there is to know about this biographical drama film

Last Updated: 04.08 PM, Mar 18, 2024


Regina King starrer, highly anticipated film, Shirley is all set to release on March 22 on Netflix. Starring Lance Reddick, Terrence Howard, Lucas Hedges, among others, Shirley is an autobiographical film based on the life of first-ever Black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm who started a first ever campaign to become the first Black president of the United States in 1972.


The biographical film centers around the life of Shirly Chisholm, a first-ever Black congresswoman and first Black woman to contest for the presidential campaign of the United States. Based on the accounts given by Shirley’s family, the film aims to bring behind-the-scenes and exclusive conversations that took place behind the groundbreaking 1972 campaign.


Shirley centers on the life of Shirley Chisholm, the first-ever Black congresswoman and her journey of contesting presidential elections in 1072.


Helmed by John Ridely, this biographical drama film stars Regina King, alongside Lance Reddick, Lucas Hedges, André Holland and Terrence Howard.


Shirle marks the second collaboration between Regina and Ridley, first being American Crime which released in 2015. The film is produced by Ridley's company, Ridley End, and King's Royal Ties Productions with Ramsey Nickell as the cinematographer and Megan Coates as the costume designer.

Shooting location

The shooting began in Cincinnati, US in December 2021 and completed the project in 2022 in New York.

Release date

Initially slated to be released in 2023, some reshoots occurred in April 2023 leading to the Shirley releasing globally on March 22. 2024 on Netflix. The film is rated PG-13 for strong language, including racial slurs, brief violence, and some smoking.

Speaking about working with Regina on the film, director John said, “One of the things I really, truly admire about Regina is not just her capacities as an actor but her capacities as an instrument to deliver empathy and this is one of the most empathetic, one of the most powerful human stories that I’ve had the opportunity to tell, and I’ve had the opportunity to tell some really amazing stories.”

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