California - Octavia Spencer is bringing the remarkable saga of black haircare mogul Madam C.J. Walker to television.
Netflix said that Spencer will produce and star in a limited series about the outsized life of Sarah Breedlove, who was known professionally as Walker.
The eight-episode drama is based on the book On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles and includes basketball star LeBron James as a producer.
.@octaviaspencer will star in “Madam CJ Walker,” an eight episode limited series about America’s first black, self-made female millionaire. Kasi Lemmons will direct & EP the first ep of the series, which is executive produced by @KingJames and Spencer #TCA18 pic.twitter.com/0BKcEZnS80— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) July 29, 2018
Walker became one of America's first self-made female millionaires by creating and marketing hair products for African-Americans at the turn of the 20th century.
Netflix said the series will detail the hostility, rivalries and tumultuous personal life that marked Walker's life.
A release date for Madam C.J. Walker was not announced.