The trailer for Harriet highlights strength over suffering in a new film based on one of history’s most important figures.
Released this week, the first look introduces Cynthia Erivo (Widows) in the title role as abolitionist Harriet Tubman as she begins her escape to freedom. Nearly caught by slave catchers, Tubman successfully evades capture to continue her journey. Once the 100-mile migration is complete, she returns to the South to lead more slaves to freedom, again highlighting the legendary leader’s bravery.
In addition to Erivo, Harriet also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Jennifer Nettles, Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monae, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clarke Peters, Henry Hunter Hall, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Omar Dorsey and Antonio J. Bell.
Actress and director Kasi Lemmons directs Harriet, which is based on the screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. Lemmons’ directing credits include Eve’s Bayou (1997), Talk to Me (2007) and Black Nativity (2013).
Harriet opens in theaters on November 1.