Kasi Lemmons Will Direct Harriet, Harriet Tubman Biopic Starring Cynthia Erivo

Kasi Lemmons will direct Harriet Tubman biopicAnother (predicted) great biopic is in the works.

Kasi Lemmons will direct Harriet Tubman biopic starring Cynthia Erivo for Focus Features.

Via Deadline:

Focus Features has set production on ‘Harriet,’ which tells the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Kasi Lemmons will direct Harriet from a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard.

Cynthia Erivo will play the title role of Tubman. Production begins next month in Virginia. ‘Harriet’ follows Tubman’s escape from slavery. As well as her missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.

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. 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.

In regards to the film, producers Debra Martin Chase and Daniela Taplin Lundberg said:

“This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones. In the process she became a leader of and inspiration for her people. 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. She 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, which 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.”


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