'Harriet' Trailer: Cynthia Erivo Fights for Freedom in Kasi Lemmons' Biopic

Brenda Watkins
July 24, 2019

Others, who have also watched the trailer in awe, are taking to social media to demand a different type of justice for Tubman - her face on the $20 bill.

Focus Features have released the first full-length trailer for the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic starring Cynthia Erivo as the American hero.

Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters also star. Check out the trailer above.

The film tells the story of the long-lasting freedom fighter and follows her each on her escape from slavery and through her subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves within the South throughout a time of maximum adversity forward of the Civil Battle.

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The heroine was born Araminta Ross and changed her name to Harriet upon her marriage to the free black man John Tubman.

"If I'm free, my family should be, too", she explains while adjusting to life as a free woman.

The trailer also gives the first look at Hamilton Tony Award victor Leslie Odom Jr.as William Still, another black abolitionist known as the "Father of the Underground Railroad", in one of his first film roles. The movie, which comes to theaters November 1, is adapted from a screenplay co-written by director Kasi Lemmons with Gregory Allen Howard.

Still, when Erivo posted the trailer to her own Twitter and wrote, "I hope i make you proud!" people commended her for her lovely performance, despite the controversy.

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