‘Harriet’ screenwriter says Hollywood exec wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman

‘Harriet’ screenwriter says Hollywood exec wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman

‘Harriet’ screenwriter says Hollywood exec wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman

The Harriet Tubman biopic has been in the works for more than 20 years, and the screenwriter has now revealed that Julia Roberts was once suggested as a casting choice for Harriet.

"The climate in Hollywood was very different back then". In it, Howard details an early meeting about his script (then called Freedom Fire) and a studio executive who wanted to hire Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.

Howard said when someone suggested Roberts could not play the role, the executive responded, "It was so long ago".

"Full offense: if your instinct, when telling a former-slave abolitionist story, is to turn the SLAVE into a WHITE SAVIOR ... Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman, '" Howard said.

If you went on Twitter at any point on Tuesday night, you likely noticed Julia Roberts' name trending.

Tony-award victor Cynthia Erivo was cast as Tubman in "Harriet", released earlier in November.

Harriet is in theaters nationwide now.

In the Q&A, Howard credited the success of films like "12 Years A Slave" and "Black Panther", with black themes and black actors, for paving the way for "Harriet". "No one is going to know the difference, '" Howard continued.

Julia Roberts arrives at the "Homecoming" FYC Event on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Los Angeles Angeles.

The writer, who's also behind acclaimed movies Remember the Titans and Ali, also discussed why he chose Erivo, an African British actress, to play an African American activist. Decades later, the film has become a reality, which Allen said is thanks to two groundbreaking films that changed the game for representation. "I saw her story as a genre piece". "She's a little stick of dynamite," the scribe said.

"I wanted them to be able to go to the movies on Saturday and see this young black woman take on this incredible power structure and triumph over it", he said.

"Harriet", directed by Kasi Lemmons ("Luke Cage") and also starring Leslie Odom Jr.

First and foremost in comparisons on Twitter was Scarlett Johansson, who has waded through a number of such controversies: After taking on the lead role in a 2017 adaptation of the Japanese anime "Ghost in the Shell", and nearly playing a transgender man in a forthcoming feature, she asserted in July that she "should be allowed to play any person".

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