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Octavia Spencer and LeBron James team-up for new project

COLLABORATION: LeBron James (left) and Octavia Spencer

NBA PLAYER LeBron James is continuing to make moves off the court, as his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is adding the first scripted drama to its growing roaster.

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer is to star in the limited series about Madam CJ Walker’s life, with James executive producing along with his company’s co-founder, Maverick Carter.

According to Variety, a source claims Netflix is interested in the series. However, the steaming service had no comment on their involvement in the project.

Nicole Asher is on board to write and co-exec produce and Black Nativity helmer Kasi Lemmons will direct the pilot and also executive produce. 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.

Walker, the daughter of slaves, was orphaned at age seven, married at 14, and widowed at 20. She spent two decades laboring as a washerwoman, earning $1.50 a week. However, everything changed following Walker’s discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women. By the time she died in 1919, she had built a beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth among black women.

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