Viola Davis To Play Barbara Jordan?

Viola Davis is producing with an eye to starring in a biopic of African-American political pioneer Barbara Jordan reports Variety.

The story follows Jordan’s rise from a poor Houston neighborhood to an elected member of Congress and an influential figure in liberal politics, especially during the Watergate hearings when she addressed Congress on the impeachment of President Nixon. Later in her life she battled multiple sclerosis.

Davis and her husband Julius Tennon will produce the film along with Paris Barclay, Shelly Glasser and Diane Nabatoff. The latter two have optioned the film rights to Mary Beth Rogers’ biography “Barbara Jordan: American Hero” which scribe Paris Qualles is adapting.

Barclay will direct, he and Davis previously worked on the CBS medical drama “City of Angels” a little over a decade ago.