Oscar Winner Regina King Filming New Movie, 'Shirley,' in Cincinnati

Principal photography began this week.

click to enlarge Regina King - Photo: Anders Krusberg/Peabody Awards, Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Anders Krusberg/Peabody Awards, Wikimedia Commons
Regina King

Oscar-winning actress Regina King is the latest star to land in the Queen City.

King will be in town to shoot Shirley, which follows the story of America's first Black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm.

Film Cincinnati says Shirley will cover Chisholm's "dynamic presidential campaign" and "provide an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of the ground-breaking political leader during a seminal period in modern American history."

The film is being written and directed by another Oscar winner, John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime), and The Hollywood Reporter says the Chisholm Estate gave Ridley exclusive access to her life story rights.

“Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us, and with this film we hope to inspire many generations to come,” said King in the Hollywood Reporter article.

Principal photography began this week.

And King isn't the first celebrity to film in Cincinnati recently, or even this year.

Cincinnati came in at No. 13 on MovieMaker Magazine’s 2021 Best Places to Live & Work as a Filmmaker list, making it the fourth straight year the Queen City earns the honor. The city moves up one spot from its No. 14 showing in 2020.

The magazine highlights Cincinnati’s downtown skyline, low cost of living and Ohio's 30% motion picture tax credit as chief among the reasons for the city’s emergence as a stalwart that has lured films such as 2015’s Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; 2017’s Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell; and 2019’s Dark Waters, starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway.

This past spring, director Luca Guadagnino reunited with  Timothée Chalamet here to film his new romance-horror, Bones & All.

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