That said, it’s a surprise that no one has attempted to tackle the story of Harriet Tubman until now. Cynthia Erivo storms into the awards circuit as a surefire Best Actress contender with Harriet, in which she plays the famed political activist. Tubman was a major figure in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States, and completed over a dozen missions to rescue slaves from plantations using the network known as the Underground Railroad.
Conquering Broadway clearly wasn’t enough for Erivo. After winning a Tony award in 2016 for her role in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple, she made the seamless transition from stage to screen last year with memorable turns in Steve McQueen’s heist thriller Widows and throwback noir Bad Times at the El Royale, ensuring that if you didn’t know her name before, you most definitely know it now.
Erivo isn’t the only Tony winner in the film’s cast: Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. stars alongside as Tubman’s ally William Still, a fellow abolitionist in the Underground Railroad. Moonlight star and musician Janelle Monáe also appears in the film, while Joe Alwyn, last seen wrestling Emma Stone in The Favourite, portrays Tubman’s former slave owner.
The film will arrive stateside in November, and though there is no word on a UK date as of yet, expect an awards-friendly release in time for the Oscars.
|What||Harriet: Cynthia Erivo is Harriet Tubman in historical biopic|
22 Nov 19 – 22 Nov 20, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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