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Janelle Monae to join cast of new Harriet Tubman biopic

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.

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Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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