Shirley Chisholm Biopic ‘Shirley’ Debuts on Netflix Top 10 List

Regina King and Terrence Howard in Shirley (Credit: Netflix)

The Regina King-led film Shirley is among the most-watched titles on Netflix.

The biopic about trailblazing New York politician Shirley Chisholm debuted on the streamer’s Top 10 list of movies in English for the week of March 18-24.

Per figures released by Netflix, the film premiered at #7 with 3.6 million views in three days.

Lindsay Lohan’s romantic comedy, Irish Wish, was #1 with 25.5 million views. Millie Bobby Brown’s Damsel took the #2 spot with 19.5 million views.

Related StoryRegina King Pays Tribute to Late ‘Shirley’ Co-Star Lance Reddick

Shirley follows the political career of Chisholm, who in 1968 became the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district. In 1972, Chisholm ran for president and was the first woman to vie for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Oscar winner Regina King portrays Chisholm in the film.

The actress and her sister Reina King co-produced the biopic, which took 15 years to bring to the screen.

The ensemble cast also includes Terrence Howard, Lucas Hedges, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christina Jackson, Michael Cherrie, Dorian Missick, Amirah Vann, W. Earl Brown, Brad James, André Holland, Reina King, and the late Lance Reddick.

At the film’s Los Angeles premiere on March 19, writer-director John Ridley said the biopic would never have been made without the King sisters’ commitment to the project.

“Their take on Shirley has always been about representing her as a person, as a human, as an individual, who happened to do amazing things,” Ridley told the audience. “It’s about Shirley, it’s about Shirley, it’s about Shirley, that is the truth. But the reality is we would not be here this evening if it were not for [Regina and Reina].”

Shirley premiered March 22 on Netflix.

Below is the the streamer’s Top 10 list of English-language films.

Netflix Top 10 Movies for week ending March 24, 2024. (Credit: Netflix)

Leave a Reply