Viola Davis: Set To Play Harriet Tubman For HBO

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.

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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.

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