The script will be penned by This Is Us and Queen Sugar writer, Kay Oyegun.
Oyegun is the latest addition to the Angela Davis biopic, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. The team already includes executive producers Davis and her niece, playwright Eisa Davis, as well as Forest Whitaker; and producers Nina Yang Bongiovi (Bongiovi and Whitaker have produced films such as Fruitvale Station and Dope together), Sidra Smith (producer of the 2012 documentary Free Angela), and Jeff Clanagan (Codeblack Enterprises CEO, which is also the same company that bought the rights to Angela Davis: An Autobiography.
No other information is known about the film. However, actress Halle Berry recently voiced her desire to portray the iconic black activist and author. While promoting her new film Kidnap, Berry stopped by the Essence Festival to discuss her experiences in Hollywood, as well as one of her dream roles, which is to play Davis.
“There’s one woman that I’d really like to play before I die,” Berry told Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa DeLuca. “I’d really love to play Angela Davis. I just think she’s fascinating. And I think I would love to tell a story from her perspective about that time in our history and what it was all about with the Black Panthers.”