Harriet Tubman Is Finally Getting Her Own Movie

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Harriet Tubman was a world-changing abolitionist, who was born into slavery, daringly escaped, then repeatedly risked her own life and liberty to rescue 300 slaves from their brutal bondage. During the Civil War, she was a scout and a spy. She fought for women’s suffrage. Yet despite the many fascinating chapters of Tubman’s life, she has not been granted a proper biopic. Until now.

Focus Features has announced production on Harriet, a biopic that will star Tony Award®-winner Cynthia Erivo (Widows, Bad Times At the El Royale) as Tubman. Co-starring with Erivo will be Tony Award®-winner and Grammy Award®-winner Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton acclaim, Clarke Peters (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), and multiple Grammy Award®-winner Jennifer Nettles. And helming will be Kasi Lemmons, director of the riveting thriller Eve’s Bayou. Lemmons also co-wrote the script with Gregory Allen Howard (Ali, Remember the Titans). Production on the film is set to begin filming this October in Virginia.

The official logline is:

Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, Harriet follows Tubman on her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.
Now, it should be noted Tubman had made her mark in movies. She recently had an inexplicable cameo in Transformers: The Last Knight, in which Michael Bay’s revisionist history kink decided to credit the Autobots with aiding in the Underground Railroad. But prior to this, the closest she’s come to a biopic was the 1978 TV mini-series A Woman Called Moses, starring Cicely Tyson. Tubman has popped up elsewhere, on the time-traveling drama Timeless, on the sketch-comedy show Key and Peele, and as a subject on Drunk History, on which she was played by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.
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Love the cast. It'll be tough indeed to match Cicely Tyson's portrayal but bet Cynthia is up to it. Harriet Tubman was my very first girl hero, having gotten little girl hands on a book called " North to Freedom ". OH what a terrific heroine for a kid- was smitten before understanding the war. May have been 8.

Will keep an eye open, thanks for the head's up.
 



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