Viola Davis Wants to Play Harriet Tubman for an HBO TV Movie

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Actress Viola Davis arrives at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - Disney/ABC Television Group at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Viola Davis. Photo: Gregg DeGuire/Getty

Viola Davis is setting the groundwork to take a star turn as the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Variety reports. Davis is developing the TV movie for HBO, with Entourage executive producer Doug Ellin, scribe Kirk Ellis, and Amblin TV. The project will reportedly be based on Kate Clifford Larson’s Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, which gives a detailed look at how Tubman took the reins as one of the most fearless conductors of the Underground Railroad. The biopic hasn’t received a green light yet, but its proponents are jockeying for it to film next year. Fingers crossed — start crossing your fingers, what are you doing?

Viola Davis Wants to Play Harriet Tubman for HBO