Viola Davis to Play Harriet Tubman in HBO Film From John Adams Scribe

Viola Davis Harriet Tubman Movie HBO

How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis will play famous abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman in an upcoming HBO movie.

The project will be based on Kate Clifford Larson’s Tubman biography Bound for the Promised Land, our sister site Deadline reports, and will detail how Tubman helped hundreds of slaves travel to freedom in the North.

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Tubman later fought for the Union in the American Civil War.

Kirk Ellis, who penned HBO’s John Adams miniseries, wrote the script; Doug Ellin (Entourage) and his Halyard Park production company will executive-produce the film alongside Amblin TV, Cliff Dorfman (Entourage), Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon.

The HBO film is the second recent historical drama with the Underground Railroad at its center; WGN America’s Underground series also will follow escaped slaves who risk everything to travel the secret pathway north.