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– by Anthony Esteves

Focus Features today released the official trailer for the epic biopic Harriet. The film will tell the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman, the slave who escaped to freedom and lead the Underground Railroad. The film is directed by Kasi Lennons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk To Me, Luke Cage) Based on a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard (Ali, Remember The Titans).

London-born Cynthia Erivo will play the historical hero in the film. Erivo has previously appeared alongside an all-Star lineup in Bad Times At The El Royale and opposite Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki in Widows. Starring with Erivo is the multitalented Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Murder On The Orient Express, Red Tails), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Waist Deep, Broken Arrow), and Clarke Peters (John Wick, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

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This Focus Features project is accustomed to producing under-the-radar, quality films that generate a lot of buzz. This film in particular comes at a time when racial inequality and discrimination are currently a part of society’s issues. From politics to sports to entertainment, there is legitimate push for inclusive talent and unheard (or in this case, yet-to-be-dramatized) tales from this nation’s past. Additionally, with talk of Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson as the face of the twenty-dollar bill, this film could help to shine a light on an incredible heroine’s true story and her deserved recognition.

Harriet opens in theaters November 1st.

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