8 March 2012 9:16 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Paris Barclay (Glee) and Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis (The Help) are looking to lend their talents to a biopic concerning the life of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Jordan holds the distinction of being the first African American elected to the Texas Senate and the first Southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. The posthumous pic will center on Jordan's life from her early days in a poor Houston neighborhood to her rise through the political ranks. Davis will star and produce the picture through her and husband Julius Tennon's JuVee banner, alongside Barclay, Shelly Glasser and Diane Nabatoff. Glasser and Nabatoff had acquired the rights to the biography, "Babara Jordon: American Hero" by Mary Beth Rogers. Hit the jump for more. Variety reported on Davis' involvement with the Barbara Jordan biopic and that Paris Qualles (The Rosa Parks Story) will adapt from the book. Here's »

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