Cynthia Erivo is set to star as Harriet Tubman in the biopic of Harriet Tubman’s life, titled Harriet. The script of the movie was written by Gregory Allen Howard, and Seith Mann is reportedly directing. No further news on the production has been announced.
Harriet Tubman was a powerful woman, strong voice, and courageous helper during the Civil War. After being born into slavery in 1820, she escaped and worked hard to help others do the same. She continued to make trips back to the South as a conductor for the Underground Railroad. In ten years she led over 300 people to freedom and proudly stated that she never lost one person. Throughout the Civil War she had many roles, including being a spy for the Union. Harriet Tubman believed in equal rights for all people and was a strong supporter of women’s rights. Harriet Tubman passed away in 1913 in Albany, New York.
Cynthia Erivo has inspired many, especially through her role as Celie in The Color Purple on Broadway. That same role won her the 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. The 30-year-old from Stockwell, South London, has received various other awards and nominations for her performance in The Color Purple, including a Drama Desk Award and a Drama League Award nomination. Through her exceptional voice and acting abilities, Cynthia has gained a large following and is seen as an inspiration for many Broadway fans.
Both Harriet Tubman and Cynthia Erivo have proven to be role models for various reasons.
Harriet Tubman’s story about bravery and compassion should never be forgotten, and Cynthia will undoubtedly do a phenomenal job telling it.