Rewind to 1994 to when screenwriter and producer of the film ‘Harriet’ Gregory Allen was shopping the film around to movie executives, yes it sounds crazy that a film sometimes takes this long to get picked up but hear us out.
According to Entertainment Weekly, in a recent interview, Allen recalled that Hollywood was “very different” in the mid-90s. So different that a suggestion was made to Allen about who the lading role of Harriet Tubman should be in his film: Julia Roberts!
“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’”
Can you imagine?! Thank God the film took twenty-five years to get picked up and Cynthia Erivo was chosen to play Harriet Tubman.
#BlackTwitter Is Pulling Up To The Harriet Tubman Movie Like…
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Harriet Tubman wasn't just a conductor on the Underground Railroad, she was an armed scout & spy for the Union Army who helped lead a raid on Confederates in SC that freed hundreds of enslaved people. She fought for women's suffrage & founded a home for the elderly. 1/— usa is a failed state (@BreeNewsome) July 23, 2019
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Harriet Tubman was really an OG. I hope this film does her radical work justice.— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) July 23, 2019
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I don’t get out to the movies a lot... but this right here👌🏾✊🏾💯 #TeamDL #Repost @theshaderoom with get_repost— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) July 23, 2019
・・・#PressPlay: Okayyy!! How we pulling up to the #HarrietTubman movie #Roommates?! https://t.co/DAKtZo1gyC
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Say What?! Julia Roberts Was Suggested to Play Harriet Tubman in Movie was originally published on mycolumbusmagic.com