Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 10.28.23 AMHBO Films has teamed with writer Kirk Ellis, producer Doug Ellin and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for a project about Harriet Tubman, with Oscar nominee Viola Davis to star as the famous abolitionist.

The biopic will be based on the biography Bound For The Promised Land by historian Kate Clifford Larson, the film will tell the story of Tubman.

Born a slave, she escaped and, via an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad, she led more than 300 slaves to freedom in the North and later fought with the Union during the Civil War.

In addition to starring in the movie, Davis will also come on as an executive producer with her JuVee Productions.

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