Netflix Orders Octavia Spencer and LeBron James Series on Madam C.J. Walker

Netflix has ordered an eight episode limited series on Madam C.J. Walker starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James.

Written by Nicole Asher, 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.

According to Deadline, Madam C.J. Walker tells the untold and highly irreverent story of black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C.J. Walker and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first Black, self-made female millionaire.

LeBron James and Octavia Spencer Team Up For Series On Madam C.J. Walker

Spencer will star as Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, and executive produce the series alongside showrunners Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson, Mark Holder, Christine Holder and James and Maverick Carter via SpringHill Entertainment.

Madam C.J. Walker was James’ production company first script and now first greenlit series.

Congratulations to Spencer, James and the entire team.


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