Viola Davis Lands Role as Harriet Tubman in HBO Biopic

Viola Davis

How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about the abolitionist hero’s life.

HBO announced Monday that the project is based on the biography “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman,” by historian Kate Clifford Larson.

Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad, which earned her the nickname Moses.

The untitled project has not been given an air date and other cast members were not announced.

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