ABC Studios has signed “Black Panther” star Danai Gurira to a two-year overall deal.
Gurira, who is also wrapping up her run on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” this year, will develop, write and produce projects for the studio.
“From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no one like Danai Gurira,” said Jonnie Davis, president, ABC Studios. “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.”
Gurira is currently serving as showrunner and executive producer on “Americanah,” a miniseries for HBO Max which she adapted from the bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She is re-teaming with her “Black Panther” co-star Lupita Nyong’o, who will star in the series alongside Corey Hawkins, Zackary Momoh and Uzo Aduba.
“I am thrilled to work with Jonnie and his stellar team at ABC studios,” said Gurira. “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.”
Gurira is repped by UTA, Suskin Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Mertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.