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Viola Davis, the Star of the ABC hit ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ to Star in HBO Movie

Apr 28, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Viola Davis, who stars in the ABC hit drama “How to Get Away with Murder” – and who was Oscar-nominated in the movie “The Help” —  “is attached to star in an HBO telepic about the life of Harriet Tubman, the activist who helped devise a system that allowed hundreds of slaves to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad,” writes our good friend Cynthia Littleton in Variety.

The story adds, “Davis is developing the project with Amblin TV and writer Kirk Ellis, who has penned historical projects for HBO including its ‘John Adams’ miniseries, and ‘Entourage’ exec producer Doug Ellin. The untitled movie is based on the book ‘Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero’ by Kate Clifford Larson.”

Notes Entertainment Weekly, “This is the third Underground Railroad-related project in the works: WGN has a 10-episode production titled ‘Underground’ helmed by Akiva Goldsman [who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for ‘A Beautiful Mind’] while NBC is working on miniseries ‘Freedom Run,’ produced by Stevie Wonder.”

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