LeBron James is set to produce a Netflix series about the life of the United States’ first black, self-made female millionaire, starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.
Spencer will be cast in the role of Madam C.J. Walker, the United States’ first black, self-made female millionaire, who built a sprawling cosmetic business empire in the early twentieth century, Netflix announced on Sunday.
James serves as an executive producer for the series through his Springhill Production company. James’ friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, confirmed the report about the production via his Instagram page on Monday.
“What an honor to get to tell the story of the first self-made female millionaire Madam C.J. Walker and to get to work with Octavia Spencer,” Carter said.
After moving to Los Angeles and signing a four-year $154 million deal to play for the Lakers, it became obvious that James wanted to be closer to the entertainment industry to further broaden his sphere of influence in Hollywood.
The Netflix-Springhill production is an eight-episode series about how Walker overcame the travails of slavery to build the multimillion dollar beauty and hair care business. The production is based on the biography of Madam Walker “On Her Ground”, which was published in 2002 by her own great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles.