Two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis is set to play Harriet Tubman in a project being developed by HBO Films.
The story of the activist who helped devise a system that allowed hundreds of slaves to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad is being adapted from the book “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero” by Kate Clifford Larson.
Tubman became an American icon as a woman who escaped from slavery in Maryland in 1849 and helped organize a network of safe houses to help her relatives. She eventually helped hundreds of slaves to secure their freedom and became the most famous “conductor” on the network.
The “How To Get Away With Murder” star is involved in the development of the project with Amblin TV and writer Kirk Ellis. Davis’ husband, Julius Tennon and a team of others will also produce.
The untitled Tubman project is slated to shoot next year during her “How To Get Away With Murder” hiatus.
A two-time Tony Award winner, Davis has also been developing a feature film based on the life of pioneering congresswoman Barbara Jordan.