Janelle Monae to join cast of new Harriet Tubman biopic

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Janelle Monae Starring in Harriet Tubman Biopic The 32-year-old entertainer has signed on to tell the story of Harriet Tubman's journey in freeing hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad, according to 'Variety.' In addition to being an accomplished singer, Monae has proven she has acting chops from her previous roles in 'Moonlight' and 'Hidden Figures.' Others starring in the film include Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles and Clarke Peters. Monae's role has yet t

Award-winning singer, actress and activist Janelle Monae will be joining the cast of Focus Features' upcoming film "Harriet," starring actress Cynthia Erivo as the titular Harriet Tubman in a biopic based on the life of the famous abolitionist.


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Thirty-two-year-old Monae, who moved to Atlanta in 2001 and recently released her critically-acclaimed third solo album, "Dirty Computer," will be joining stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Jennifer Nettles in the biopic. But according to Vulture, her role is "so-far unspecified."

“Harriet” will be directed by Kasi Lemmons, who co-wrote the screenplay with “Remember the Titans” writer Gregory Allen Howard.


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Monae is also starring in the upcoming STX animated movie, “Ugly Dolls,” expected to hit theaters in May 2019, and you can spot her in Robert Zemeckis’ “Welcome to Marwen,” premiering this December.