Viola Davis to Play Harriet Tubman in HBO Biopic

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viola-davis Viola Davis is developing a biopic on the life of Harriet Tubman for HBO. The Oscar-nominated actress is set to star in and produce the film.

According to Shadow and Act:

Davis' Tubman film will be based on the 2004 book, "Bound for the Promised Land - Harriet Tubman Portrait: of an American Hero," by historian Kate Clifford Larson, which draws from a trove of new documents and sources, as well as extensive genealogical research, to paint a portrait of a complex woman and her passionate pursuit of freedom.

Kirk Ellis (HBO’s "John Adams" miniseries) is scripting the adaptation, with Doug Ellin ("Entourage") and his Halyard Park production company executive-producing, alongside Amblin TV, Cliff Dorfman ("Entourage"), as well as Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, via their JuVee production shingle.

Davis plans to shoot the film while on break from ABC's hit drama series "How to get Away with Murder," some time next year.

It is exciting to this project coming to fruition with Viola as a headrunner. We will be on the look out for further updates.

Photo Source: Kevork Djansezian—Getty Images

 


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