Octavia Spencer and LeBron James Team Up for New Series about Madame C.J. Walker

Looks like award-winning actress Octavia Spencer will be teaming up with NBA superstar LeBron James and his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, to bring a scripted TV drama about entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker to a small screen near you.

According to Variety – Spencer is set to star in the series, with James serving as executive producer alongside company co-founder Maverick Carter. Nicole Asher is set to write and serve as co-executive producer, along with Black Nativity director Kasi Lemmons, who will serve as pilot director and executive producer. The series is based on the book, On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of Walker, who will serve as a consultant for the series.

“I am really proud of this project and that SpringHill will be partnering with Octavia to tell this important story,” James said in a statement per Variety. “Every American should all know the story of Madam C.J. Walker. She was an innovator, entrepreneur, social activist, and total game changer whose story has been left out of the history books. I hope this project lives up to her legacy with a story that will educate and inspire.”

As Variety reports, a source says Netflix is interested in picking up the series, although the streaming service did not officially announce a connection with the series.

“It’s so exciting for all of us to keep building SpringHill, see it mature, and continue to find its voice. We are really focused on growing with authenticity and substance,” Carter said in a statement. “For us, this is totally about great stories and great partners. Partnering with Octavia to tell the story of Madam C.J. Walker is the ideal first project for SpringHill to take an important step into scripted drama.”

In the early 1900’s, Madam C.J. Walker created a beauty empire from the ground up. After suffering from a scalp disorder that resulted in her own hair loss, Walker invented a specialized line of African American hair care products. With the success of her company and hard work, Walker became one of the first African American women to become a self-made millionaire, which at the time was deemed unachievable for African American women. Along with her great success in the beauty industry, Walker was also known for her philanthropic and educational work for the African American community.

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