Harriet (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKasi Lemmons
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Gregory Allen Howard
  • Kasi Lemmons
Story byGregory Allen Howard
Music byTerence Blanchard
CinematographyJohn Toll
Edited byWyatt Smith
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
  • September 10, 2019 (2019-09-10) (TIFF)
  • November 1, 2019 (2019-11-01) (United States)
Running time
125 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Harriet is an upcoming American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman. It stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles.

A biography about Harriet Tubman had been in the works for years, with several actresses, including Viola Davis, rumored to star. Erivo was cast in February 2017, much of the cast and crew joined the following year, and principal photography began in Virginia in October 2018.

The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2019, and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on November 1, 2019, by Focus Features.


It is based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad.



In 2015, Viola Davis was set to star in and produce a Harriet Tubman biopic, however it never came to fruition.[2] Development on a new film began in May 2016.[3] In February 2017, Cynthia Erivo was cast as Tubman, with Seith Mann directing from a screenplay by Gregory Allen Howard.[4]

Further development on the film was announced in September 2018, with Focus Features set as the new distributor, Kasi Lemmons attached as director, and Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters, among others, were added to the cast.[5][6] In October, Janelle Monáe was announced among several new castings for the film, with filming due to begin on October 8, 2018 in Virginia, lasting through December.[7][8][9]


It will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2019.[10] It is scheduled to be released on November 1, 2019.[11]


  1. ^ "Harriet". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Kate Erbland (September 18, 2018). "Cynthia Erivo Responds to Harriet Tubman Casting Backlash: 'I Cannot Tell How Protective I Am of This Woman'". IndieWire. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Harriet Tubman Feature Film In Works From Macro And New Balloon
  4. ^ Cynthia Erivo To Star As Harriet Tubman In Upcoming ‘Harriet’ Biopic
  5. ^ Focus Features Moving Forward With Harriet Tubman Pic Starring Cynthia Erivo
  6. ^ Focus Features’ ‘Harriet’ Biopic Adds Vanessa Bell Calloway, ‘Seven Seconds’ Actor Zackary Momoh & More
  7. ^ Janelle Monae Joins Cynthia Erivo in Harriet Tubman Biopic
  8. ^ Colleen Curran (October 3, 2018). "'Harriet' feature film biopic to start filming in Petersburg, Virginia next week". The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  9. ^ ‘Harriet’ Adds ‘Queen Sugar’s Omar J. Dorsey, ‘Colony’s Tory Kittles & More
  10. ^ Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  11. ^ "Harriet". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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