Focus Features has released the first pics of Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo in the biopic Harriet, which tells the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Directed by Kasi Lemmons from a screenplay Lemmons co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard, Tony Award-winner and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, multiple Grammy Award-winners Janelle Monae and 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.
Focus Features will release ‘Harriet’ in 2019