Cynthia Erivo To Play Harriet Tubman In New Biopic

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The Tony Award-winning actress will portray one of America's greatest heroes in a new film.

The story of Harriet Tubman is finally coming to the big screen.

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Cynthia Erivo, praised for her turn as Celie Johnson in Broadway's The Color Purple, will be playing the role of the iconic freedom fighter. She won a Tony Award for lead actress in the play, but is also nominated for a Best Musical Theater Album Grammy at the ceremony this Sunday (Feb 12).

According to Deadline, Erivo has been tapped as the title character in Macro/New Balloon’s film Harriet, a biopic about famous abolitionist and warrior Harriet Tubman. Seith Mann is attached to direct from a script by Gregory Allen Howard.

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Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross) was a dynamic leader in the movement for freedom. She is most well known for helping hundreds of slaves get through the 90-mile ground-to-house journey that made up the Underground Railroad.

But Tubman also served as a spy during the Civil War, dedicated her life to helping impoverished slaves transition out to social and economic freedom and opened up a Home for the Aged for elderly former slaves. Last year, it was announced that the trailblazer would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

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Excited is an understatement. Tubman's one-of-a-kind story needs to be told and we have a feeling Erivo is going to knock this out of the park.

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