Janelle Monáe Joins Harriet Tubman Biopic

Tony Sokol Oct 2, 2018

Janelle Monáe Joins Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in upcoming biopic Harriet.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer," said former slave Harriet Tubman, responsible for releasing the shackles of generations of slaves. Focus Features’ upcoming feature biopic Harriet, which will chronicle the life of the heroic abolitionist, added Janelle Monáe to the cast. The film stars Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman.

Harriet is being directed by Kasi Lemmons off a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. This will be Lemmons’ first directorial feature since Black Nativity in 2013.

Harriet follows Tubman, who was born into slavery, escaped in 1849 and helped free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad before the pre-Civil War period. Tubman served as a spy for the Union Army during the war. She campaigned for women’s suffrage after the Civil War ended.

Monáe joins Tony and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr.,

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