LeBron James & Octavia Spence Join Forces On Madam C.J. Walker TV Series
Aww yeah…aww yeah!
The incomparable Octavia Spencer is set to star in a Madam C.J. Walker TV series produced by LeBron James!
Spencer is attached to star in the limited series about entrepreneur and social activist Madam C.J. Walker’s life, with James exec producing along with his company’s co-founder, Maverick Carter.
Sources tell Variety that Netflix is interested in the series and is the likely destination. The steaming service had no comment on their involvement in the project.
Nicole Asher is on board to write and co-exec produce and “Black Nativity” helmer Kasi Lemmons will direct the pilot and also exec produce.
The series is based on the book “On Her Own Ground” by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, who will also serve as a consultant on the series.
Walker, the daughter of slaves, was orphaned at age seven, married at 14, and widowed at 20. She spent two decades laboring as a washerwoman, earning $1.50 a week. However, everything changed following Walker’s discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women. By the time she died in 1919, she had built a beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women. She counted W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington among her friends.
Octavia is excited about the project and is already using it to her advantage by putting in her bid for court side seats.
LeBron responded, “I think we can make that happen! I know a few people. Haha ?. Can’t wait for this project we’re doing together by the way!!”
This is fantastic and I hope Netflix does step in and pick up the series.