Cynthia Erivo will be bringing one of Black History’s most well-known figures to life in the Harriet Tubman biopic.
The Tony Award winning actress will star as the historical figure, known for escaping slavery and using her newfound freedom to help a countless number of other slaves find theirs by way of the Underground Railroad, as well as being a spy for the Union during the Civil War. According to Deadline, the film will be directed by Seith Mann and written by Gregory Allen Howard.
Erivo has an impressive and varied career under her belt- she starred in the Broadway production of The Color Purple as Celie Harris, which earned her both a Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award in 2016. She also starred as Deloris Van Cartier / Sister Mary Clarence in a UK Tour of Sister Act and is currently up for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Stars have begun congratulating Erivo on landing the role- and it appears as if she’s just as excited as they are:
Thank you sir!! https://t.co/CY6CEbeS8c
— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) February 8, 2017
@CynthiaEriVo GO OFFF!!!!! I'm so excited to see you SLAY Harriet Tubman!! Congrats!!!!
— Gabby SidiBae (@GabbySidibe) February 8, 2017
— MACRO (@Macro_Ventures) February 8, 2017
Heads up, One of the ways Harriet communicated was through song. ❤ #HARRIET
— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) February 9, 2017
Photo Credit: PRPhotos.com