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Harriet Tubman

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Focus Features released the first trailer for Harriet on Tuesday.

Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in the biopic, which tells the extraordinary tale of Tubman’s escape from slavery and rise to become one of America’s greatest heroes as she helps free hundreds of slaves.

Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles and Clarke Peters also star in the film, while Kasi Lemmons directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard.

The trailer concludes with Tubman instructing the abolitionists to lift up their rifles and point them toward the slave owners.

Erivo is in line to become an EGOT winner. She has already won Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards for her work on Broadway’s The Color Purple. She only needs to win an Oscar to become an EGOT recipient.



Harriet will be in theaters Nov. 1, while its world premiere will take place at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival. Watch the full trailer above.