As Danai Gurira’s iconic run as Michonne on The Walking Dead comes to a close, the acclaimed actress and playwright has just signed a major pact!
Gurira has inked an overall two year deal with ABC Studios. Under this deal, Gurira will create, develop, write and produce new projects for multiple platforms under the Disney banner (though outside platforms could buy them).
“From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no one like Danai Gurira,” ABC Studios president Jonnie Davis said of Gurira. “The scope of her talents and the breadth of her abilities are simply astonishing. We are over the moon that she has chosen to make ABC Studios her exclusive home.”
In 2016, Gurira wrote the play Eclipsed starring fellow Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o. Eclipsed earned Gurira a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Gurira is also the showrunner and an executive producer for Americanah, a limited series adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel that also stars Nyong’o.
“I am thrilled to work with Jonnie and his stellar team at ABC Studios,” Gurira said in a statement. “Their commitment to the feminine perspective aligns with my goals as a storyteller. I am excited to amplify unheard voices and bring to light narratives that will tackle universal themes while they simultaneously break barriers and bring new faces, voices and influences to the screen.”
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