Kasi Lemmons To Direct Cynthia Erivo In Harriet Tubman Biopic For Focus FeaturesPosted by Wilson Morales
September 13, 2018
Deadline is reporting that Kasi Lemmons will direct Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo in the biopic Harriet, which tells the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
With a screenplay Lemmons co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard, Tony Award-winner and Grammy Award®-winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, multiple Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters also round out the cast.
Tubman is an American hero who escaped the shackles of slavery and subsequently helped free others from servitude through a channel of safe houses and secret routes known as the Underground Railroad. She also served a spy for the Union during the Civil War and fought for women’s right to vote. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.
Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard will produce. Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, is overseeing the production.
“This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones, and in the process became a leader of and inspiration for her people,” said producers Debra Martin Chase and Daniela Taplin Lundberg. “While Harriet Tubman is a household name, most people don’t know the breadth of her story – not only was she a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but she was a spy for the Union army and remains one of the few women to have led an armed expedition in US history.”
“Tubman’s courageous life and the scope of her bravery is truly made to be told on the big screen. The countless lives she saved, during a time of such hatred and danger to herself, can be described only as heroic,” commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “We’re thrilled to be working with this incredibly talented group of filmmakers led by Kasi, Debra, Daniela, and Greg and this multi-talented group of actors in bringing Tubman’s life to film.”