TONY AWARD-winning actress Cynthia Erivo will play American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a biopic, it has been announced.
Variety reports that the biopic, titled Harriet, “will portray the life of Tubman as slave, abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, nurse, spy and warrior. Producers plan to begin shooting later this year.”
Cynthia took home one of the historic four wins for black actors at last year’s Tony Awards for her performance in The Color Purple on Broadway.
She has also been nominated for a 2017 Grammy and will perform at this Sunday’s show.
Cynthia will also star the upcoming film Widows, directed by Steve McQueen, co-starring opposite Viola Davis.
Commenting on the announcement, she said: “Exciting times, wonderful moments and a breath to take it all in. I am incredibly thankful.”
Harriet Tubman is an American hero who escaped the shackles of slavery and subsequently helped free others from servitude through a channel of safe houses and secret routes known as the Underground Railroad. She also served a spy for the Union during the Civil War and fought for women’s right to vote.