Netflix today announced new limited series Madam C.J. Walker, which will star and be executive produced by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.
The series is 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. Octavia Spencer will star as Sarah Breedlove, famously known as Madam C.J. Walker.
The eight-episode series will be based on the book On Her Own Ground, by A’Lelia Bundles.
Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk to Me) will direct and executive produce the first episode, written by Nicole Asher. The showrunners/executive producers are Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson. Octavia Spencer will also executive produce with LeBron James, Maverick Carter (SpringHill), Mark Holder, and Christine Holder (Zero Gravity).
The series is produced for Netflix by SpringHill Entertainment and Zero Gravity in association with Warner Bros. Television.