Last year, we reported Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner, Cynthia Erivo was cast to play legendary abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, who brought hundreds of slaves to freedom in the 19th century, in an upcoming biopic.
A big reason to be excited about Harriet is Erivo, who is breaking out in a huge way. While she won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical in 2016 for The Color Purple, she made her feature film debut last year with two major works: a scene-stealing supporting role in Steve McQueen’s Widows, and a jaw-dropping, awards-worthy co-lead turn in Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale. She’s a phenomenally talented actress at the very beginning of her film career, so I have a feeling Harriet is going to be a big deal.
Check out the first images of Erivo in Harriet below. The film also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters. Focus Features will release Harriet in theaters at some point in 2019, but a firm release date hasn’t been set.
Photography Courtesy: Focus Features