Viola Davis is never one to back down from a crusade.
The Oscar-nominated star of "The Help" will be trading the uneasy domestic politics of the South for the uneasy domestic politics of the White House itself as she's signed on to headline a biography film about political pioneer Barbara Jordan, according to Variety.
The currently untitled film will be based on Mary Beth Rogers' biography, "Barbara Jordan: American Hero," which traces Jordan's rise from a poor Houston neighborhood to an influential member of Congress. Jordan made headlines in 1966 as the first African-American woman to be elected to the Texas senate and in 1972 became the first African-American woman from the South elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jordan was known for her powerful public speaking voice. She was a key speaker during the impeachment of President Nixon during the Watergate hearings, with her speech being credited as helping sway public opinion on the scandal as it laid out the fundamental legal and ethical issues at stake.
The film will reunite Davis with director Paris Barclay, whom she worked with on the 2000 medical drama series, "City of Angels." The biography will be adapted by Paris Qualles, who wrote the teleplays for "A Raisin in the Sun" and "The Rosa Parks Story."
Viola Davis recently wrapped "Won't Back Down," a drama co-starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter, which will open on Sept. 28. She's currently filming the sci-fi adventure film, "Ender's Game," and from there will segue into her role as Amma in "Beautiful Creatures." With such a packed schedule, don't expect production on the Barbara Jordan film to commence until the end of the summer at the earliest.