Actress Viola Davis To Star As Abolitionist Harriet Tubman

Actress Viola Davis To Star As Abolitionist Harriet Tubman

Viola Davis (right) will play Harriet Tubman in a new film biopic

THE HELP actress Viola Davis will be given the chance to walk in Harriet Tubman’s shoes as she prepares for her role in a forthcoming HBO film about the abolitionist hero.

HBO announced that the project is based on the biography, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, by historian Kate Clifford Larson.

Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped in 1849 and led countless slaves from the South to freedom along the Underground Railroad. She later served as a cook and a nurse and eventually a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War.

INSPIRATION: The film will be based on
this book by Kate Clifford Larson

An air date for the untitled project about the American slave abolitionist hero, and other cast members were not announced.

It is believed that the Oscar-nominated actress and her husband Julius Tennon will co-produce the project, along with Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Doug Ellin, Jim Lefkowitz and Cliff Dorfman.

Nelson Mandela memorial service: In pictures

Tens of thousands of people joined world leaders at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. The service was held at the FNB stadium, where Mr Mandela made his last public appearance. It was also shown on big screens at three “overflow” stadiums.

Inside the stadium There had been fears people would be turned away, but the heavy rain left areas of the 95,000 capacity stadium empty.
Members of the public attend the Nelson Mandela memorial service  The service is held in front of a vociferous crowd in the FNB stadium.
Desmond Tutu Archbishop Desmond Tutu addresses the stadium, asking the crowd to be quiet – he “wants to hear a pin drop”.
US President Barack Obama addresses the crowd US President Barack Obama is welcomed by a huge cheer from the crowd as he begins his speech, in which he describes Mr Mandela as a “giant of history”, adding: “The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.”
US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro On his way to the podium, President Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations that have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.