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Viola Davis To Play Harriet Tubman in HBO film

Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis will portray the role of abolitionist Harriet Tubman in an untitled project.

Based on the biography, Bound For The Promised Land, by Kate Clifford Lawson, the film will tell the story of Harriet Tubman, a slave who led countless others to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Emmy-award winning television producer, Kirk Ellis is set to write the film. Davis will serve as a producer along with Entourage creator, Doug Ellin.

No word on when the biopic will premiere as the film is still in development.