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Trivia for Harriet

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  • Both Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. have worked with Daisy Ridley. Erivo worked with her on Chaos Walking (2019) and Odom worked with her on Murder on the Orient Express (2017).
  • Both Vondie Curtis-Hall and Vanessa Bell Calloway were in Coming to America (1988).
  • This is Kasi Lemmons and Vondie Curtis-Hall's latest collaboration since they first worked together on Gridlock'd (1997).
  • Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. won Tony Awards at the same ceremony for different shows. Erivo won Best Lead Actress in a Musical for "The Color Purple" while Odom won Best Lead Actor in a Musical for "Hamilton."
  • Cynthia Erivo's first leading role.
  • Harriet Tubman stood at 5 feet tall, Cynthia Erivo is 5 foot 1 standing just 1 inch taller than Tubman.
  • This is the first feature film to be made about the life of Harriet Tubman.
  • Harriet Tubman really did experience visions as is depicted in the film. Many historians claim that this is likely due to a head injury she received in her youth.
  • The script was originally written and owned by Disney, but they refused to make the film. The film only was able to get made once Disney relinquished the rights to the script.
  • The success of 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Hidden Figures (2016) proved slave films and films with black female leads could be successful causing Harriet to finally get made.
  • Both Frederick Douglass and John Brown, who Harriet Tubman is known to have collaborated with, make appearances in the movie. Douglass has a brief speaking role.
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