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Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, And Leslie Odom Jr. Dazzle And Defy White Supremacy In 'Harriet' Trailer

By Kristy Puchko | Film | July 23, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | July 23, 2019 |


It’s insane that self-freed slave turned abolitionist/spy/war hero Harriet Tubman hasn’t gotten a theatrically released biopic until now. The good news is the wait seems worth it. Focus Features has brought together a phenomenal cast and crew just as this story deserves. Bad Times at the El Royale’s Cynthia Erivo headlines Harriet as the eponymous history-maker. Hidden Figures’ Janelle Monáe and Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. co-star, while Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) directs.

All that was plenty to get us hyped for Harriet. Now the film’s first trailer is giving us chills.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Focus Features’ Harriet:

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

The real story of Harriet Tubman is full of hardship, drama, action, and intrigue. And it looks like Lemmons and her screenwriting partner Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans, Ali) are looking to bring all of that to the big screen in a breathtaking biopic with a dazzling cast, rich production design, and deserved bravado.

We can’t wait.


Harriet opens in theaters November 1.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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