Cynthia Erivo To Star In Harriet Tubman Biopic
Cynthia Erivo will star in an independent Harriet Tubman biopic, tentatively titled “Harriet.” The film will the portray the life of Tubman as slave, abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, nurse, spy and warrior.
The film will be produced by Charles D. King, through his Macro company, Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Kim Roth and Gregory Allen Howard. Seith Mann will direct and producers plan to begin shooting later this year.
Tubman was an abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women’s suffrage.
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