The story of Harriet Tubman is currently playing in theaters nationwide with Cynthia Erivo in the titular role. (The movie is simply called Harriet. ) But according to the screenwriter, one exec had a very different idea about who should star as the black abolitionist and activist who freed numerous slaves via the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. That suggestion? Julia Roberts. "I wanted to turn Harriet Tubman’s life, which I’d studied in college, into an action-adventure movie.
People on social media were as confused and outraged as you might be reading about this story. "They want Julia Roberts A WHITE WOMAN to play Harriet Tubman A BLACK ABOLITIONIST who was a SLAVE.
Yes, you read that correctly. https://t.co/kEeDxKyMMN— Glamour (@glamourmag) November 20, 2019