harriet tubman is now getting a feature-length biopic

'Harriet' will tell the amazing story of the abolitionist heroine, and it appears to be in very good hands.

by i-D Staff and Hannah Ongley
04 May 2016, 4:28pm

The front of the $20 bill isn't the only place you can look forward to seeing Harriet Tubman soon. After it was announced last month that the iconic abolitionist superhero would be booting slaveholder Andrew Jackson to the back of the U.S. bank note, it's now been reveled that a biopic is in the works about Tubman's life. Homeland and Ballers director Seith Mann will be tackling her incredible achievements and enduring relevance in a film tentatively titled Harriet, reports Deadline, with production expected to begin in early 2017. 

Also on board for the feature-length biopic is Charles D. King, who himself made history as the first African-American partner in WME's 118-year history. King started at WME as a mail clerk, and exited the talent agency behemoth last year to launch a media firm dedicated to African-American, Latino, and multicultural audiences. He will help produce the film, which will trace Tubman's life from her childhood in slavery to her exceptional work as a relentless crusader against injustices. As one of the abolitionist movement's most preeminent characters, serving as a Union spy and helping others escape servitude on the Underground Railroad, Tubman overcame not just societal odds but physical afflictions she had suffered through beatings. She also fought for women's voting rights until her death in 1913.

It's not just the new currency that makes Harriet well-timed. In 2016, people of color — and particularly women of color — are still fighting for equal rights and representation, as the ongoing controversy over #oscarssowhite is a harsh reminder. Tubman's biopic might just help shift the landscape in a way that's unfiltered, unapologetic, and more necessary than ever. 


Text Hannah Ongley
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