You know when you meet someone and their star shines so brightly, you can comfortably sit back and watch as the world plays catch up. That’s how I feel whenever I see Ms. Cynthia Erivo box tick through her career.
The Tony award winning theatre star is taking further steps to secure her TV land domination, with the news that she’s been cast as Harriet Tubman in an upcoming biopic of the iconic abolitionist (fighter against slavery) & black revolution leader.
The film will come from Macro / New Balloon via a screenplay written by Gregory Allen Howard who will also direct.
Factually – Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in the South to become a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. She was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820, and successfully escaped in 1849. She risked her life and freedom to return many times to rescue family members and other slaves from the plantation system. Tubman led hundreds to freedom in the North as the most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses organised for that purpose. She also helped the Union Army during the war, working as a spy among other roles. After the Civil War ended, Tubman dedicated her life to helping impoverished former slaves and the elderly, establishing her own Home for the Aged. In honour of her life and by popular demand via an online poll, in 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 bill.
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. – source biography.com
Ms. Erivo has had enjoyed a fantastic musical theatre career, most notably as Celie in The Menier Chocolate Factory UK production of The Color Purple back in 2013, to recently reprising the role on Broadway which led her to winning the Tony Award for Best Actress, in 2016. Erivo is also working with Oscar-winning fellow British Blacklister, director Steve McQueen on his revamp of 80s series, Widows alongside Viola Davis (Fences, How to Get Away With Murder).
Needless to say WE. ARE. EXCITED. First to see Harriet Tubman’s overdue legacy get some due attention. We just hope the creatives behind this project do it proper justice. But even more so, we’re so proud of Ms. Erivo’s star rise.
We’ll keep you updated!
Read our 2013 82% #OutOf100 review of The Color Purple here.
Read our 2013 interview with Cynthia Erivo here.