[Updated] Trini actor Michael Cherrie lands role in ‘Shirley’

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday


BIG ROLE: TT-born actor Michael Cherrie, seen in this photo taken from his facebook page, has landed a role opposite Academy award winning actress Regina King in her movie Shirley. – Michael Cherrie

Trinidad and Tobago-born, award-winning actor Michael Cherrie has been cast alongside Academy award winning actress Regina King (The Harder They Fall) in her upcoming movie Shirley.

Cherrie will portray King’s husband Conrad O Chisholm in the film produced by Participant and Regina King’s Royal Ties Productions.

King will star as Shirley Chisholm in the film, written and directed by Academy-Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Guerrilla, Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992).

When asked how he managed to land the role, Cherrie told Newsday via a WhatsApp message, “A renowned Hollywood casting director, Kim Hardin, reached out to my managers about a potential opportunity. Once I received the call back, we poured all our energies and resources into preparation for the live call-in audition (via Zoom) with Regina King and John Ridley. Less than 24 hours later, we were notified that I got the role.”

Cherrie said although it is a very demanding role, the time and energy spent preparing for it was well worth it.

“(I’m) thrilled and exhausted at the same time. I’m ecstatic because it is every actor’s dream to nab a lead role in any production, but exhausted because there were countless days of preparation and effort to get ready for this moment. And it never stops, you’re continuously on the go.

“Yet I wouldn’t trade any of it. I’m loving every minute.”

He said working with such big names in the movie business will give him the “opportunity to prove, as a talent born and raised on an island, that we have the capacity to deliver on any stage, but also to learn and share these experiences with others so that they too can succeed at this level.”

Shirley is the intimate portrayal of trailblazing political icon Shirley Chisholm, who was born to a Barbadian family and was the first black Congresswoman and the first black woman to run for president of the US, at great personal cost for herself.

This film will tell the story of Chisholm’s boundary-breaking and historic election campaign, based on exclusive and extensive conversations with family, friends and those who knew her best.

Labelled “the Black Brando” for his performance in Britain’s Channel 4 television production of Kittitian-born Caryl Phillips’ The Final Passage in 1996, Cherrie is a Cacique-award winning actor who has appeared in numerous theatrical and film productions in TT and the USA.

His theatre credits in the US include: A Streetcar named Desire (Pablo), Lobby Hero (William), a production of A Raisin in the Sun where he played Walter Lee Younger and Arthur Feinsod’s new play Table 17 where he played Winston Todd. His last appearance in the US was as Marcus Garvey at the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Trinity College’s Marcus and Amy Garvey State Visit to Hartford, Connecticut..

His onscreen work includes: Home Again for Telefilm Canada, The Mystic Masseur (Man in the Yellow Suit) for Merchant Ivory Films, and the recent Tribeca Film Festival-selected She Paradise, directed by Maya Cozier.

Cherrie is represented by Question Mark Entertainment.

Commenting on his casting in the Netflix-bound production, Question Mark’s founders Simon Baptiste and Carolyn Pasea said: “Question Mark has always taken pride in managing extraordinary talent. Michael’s body of work and dedication to his craft certainly speak volumes, but his integrity and character are what makes him stand out, and the major reason why we wanted to represent him. Michael is a good soul who wants to see everyone succeed, and that drives us to work harder on his behalf each and every day.”

Cherrie will act alongside a cast that also includes Lance Reddick (John Wick 1-4), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Christina Jackson (Swagger), Dorian Missick (For Life), Amirah Vann (Underground), W Earl Brown (Deadwood), with André Holland (Passing) and Terrence Howard (Empire).

Participant will be focusing its impact work tied to Shirley around the company’s ongoing

dedication to advancing civic engagement and social justice.

Shirley will air on Netflix at a date to be announced.

This story has been updated with additional details. The original story is published below.

Trinidad and Tobago-born, award-winning actor Michael Cherrie has been cast alongside Academy award winning actress Regina King (The Harder They Fall) in her upcoming movie Shirley.

Cherrie will portray King’s husband Conrad O Chisholm in the film produced by Participant and Regina King’s Royal Ties Productions.

King will star as Shirley Chisholm in the film, written and directed by Academy-Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Guerrilla, Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992).

Shirley is the intimate portrayal of trailblazing political icon Shirley Chisholm, who was born to a Barbadian family and was the first black Congresswoman and the first black woman to run for president of the US, at great personal cost for herself.

This film will tell the story of Chisholm’s boundary-breaking and historic election campaign, based on exclusive and extensive conversations with family, friends and those who knew her best.

Labelled “the Black Brando” for his performance in Britain’s Channel 4 television production of Kittitian-born Caryl Phillips’ The Final Passage in 1996, Cherrie is a Cacique-award winning actor who has appeared in numerous theatrical and film productions in TT and the USA.

His theatre credits in the US include: A Streetcar named Desire (Pablo), Lobby Hero (William), a production of A Raisin in the Sun where he played Walter Lee Younger and Arthur Feinsod’s new play Table 17 where he played Winston Todd. His last appearance in the US was as Marcus Garvey at the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Trinity College’s Marcus and Amy Garvey State Visit to Hartford, Connecticut..

His onscreen work includes: Home Again for Telefilm Canada, The Mystic Masseur (Man in the Yellow Suit) for Merchant Ivory Films, and the recent Tribeca Film Festival-selected She Paradise, directed by Maya Cozier.

Cherrie is represented by Question Mark Entertainment.

Commenting on his casting in the Netflix-bound production, Question Mark’s founders Simon Baptiste and Carolyn Pasea said: “Question Mark has always taken pride in managing extraordinary talent. Michael’s body of work and dedication to his craft certainly speak volumes, but his integrity and character are what makes him stand out, and the major reason why we wanted to represent him. Michael is a good soul who wants to see everyone succeed, and that drives us to work harder on his behalf each and every day.”

Cherrie will act alongside a cast that also includes Lance Reddick (John Wick 1-4), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Christina Jackson (Swagger), Dorian Missick (For Life), Amirah Vann (Underground), W Earl Brown (Deadwood), with André Holland (Passing) and Terrence Howard (Empire).

Participant will be focusing its impact work tied to Shirley around the company’s ongoing

dedication to advancing civic engagement and social justice.

Shirley will air on Netflix at a date to be announced.