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The first trailer for the film, ‘Harriet‘, written by Lemmons and Remember the Titans scribe Gregory Allen Howard, is out and it is as riveting as expected.

cynthia erivo harriet tubmanFirst of all, we have the amazing Cynthia Erivo playing the role of Harriet Tubman herself and a Janelle Monae feature in it.

Harriet is a historical biopic portraying the life and times of abolitionist and political activist, Harriet Tubman, who led scores of enslaved people to freedom on America’s Underground Railroad starting in the mid-1800s.

The first preview teases the icon’s harrowing journey north toward her own freedom, before she returned to the south to help others escape their captors as well.

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Janelle Monáe appears about halfway through the trailer as one of Tubman’s mentors who helps her prepare for the challenges of her mission.

“God don’t mean people to own people,” Tubman says in the preview, which also features supporting actors Leslie Odom, Jr., musician Jennifer Nettles, and Joe Alwyn. “I will give every last drop of blood in my veins until this monster called slavery is dead.”

Widely expected to be a major player in the upcoming awards race, Harriet features key contributions from celebrated artists, as Oscar-nominated musician Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansman) composed the film’s score, Emmy-winning designer Paul Tazewell (The Wiz Live!) crafted the costumes, and two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll (Legends of the FallBraveheart) shot the project.

Harriet is scheduled for theatrical release on Nov. 1.

Watch the film’s first trailer below:

By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

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