There are certain lives in history that deserve a mastered vision for Hollywood. From heroic ventures to blazing a path to salvation, these individuals inspired millions even decades after their death.
Harriet Tubman, known for her plights of the ‘Underground Railroad’, is one such person. We will finally have an opportunity to see how her life can inspire a Hollywood production.
Breaking News: It will in a powerful way.
Focus Features released the first look of Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo as Harriet. In 2016, Erivo won the Tony for best leading actress in The Color Purple and has been in full demand ever since.
However, there is something gripping about her performance, as if she experienced the days of slavery abolitionism personally. It’s authentic and unfeigned. There’s no way a dystopian view of life can be that tangible without raw passion for the subject matter.
I don’t think she set out to be a superhero. I think she just set out to do the right thing. I knew she was small like me. I knew she was 5 foot, or 4’11″. It fascinated me because I realize this woman was extraordinary because she was small and like me in every sense of the word.
Imagine what this woman can do for a figure who broke herself from bondage and brought 70 other enslaved people to freedom? Harriet has the making of serious Oscar contention.
Harriet stars Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters. A release date hasn’t been confirmed but the movie plans on being Fall 2019.
I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.
~ Harriet Tubman