British actress Cynthia Erivo tapped to play Harriet Tubman

Titled ‘Harriet,” the film will explore Tubman’s escape from slavery and her quest to free many slaves through the Underground Railroad.

Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo

Focus Features have tapped ​Afro-British to play Harriet Tubman in the upcoming movie ​about the abolitionist’s life.

Titled “Harriet,”  the film will follow the iconic freedom fighter 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.

​T​he cast includes Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton,” “Murder on the Orient Express”), Joe Alwyn (“Boy Erased,”) Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters.

Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”) will direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard (“Ali,”) on the film which is set to begin filming this October in Virginia.

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.

Focus Features’ current and upcoming domestic releases include director Morgan Neville’s documentary on Mister Rogers; Lenny Abrahamson’s atmospheric thriller “The Little Stranger;” Joel Edgerton’s coming-of-age and coming-out drama “Boy Erased,” about a boy’s true-life experience at a conversion therapy program, “On the Basis of Sex,” the real-life drama of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg staring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer and Spike Lee’s film “BlacKkKlansman.”

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