Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis is set to star as Harriet Tubman in an HBO biopic. The biopic will be based on Kate Clifford Larson’s 2003 book Bound for the Promised Land. The novel is based on Tubman and her work with the Underground Railroad.
According to Deadline, Davis will executive-produce the project along with her husband, Julius Tennon, through their company JuVee Productions. Joining them will be Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin TV, and Doug Ellin and Jim Lefkowitz of the Halyard Park production company.
It seems as though several new projects about the Underground Railroad are popping up in the near future. WGN America is producing a 10-episode drama series, Underground, starring Christopher Meloni and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, with Kanye West as musical consultant, and NBC will air its miniseries Freedom Run, produced by Stevie Wonder.