Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman in biopic movie? Talk about the biggest race swap in film, ever right?
With race swapping n Hollywood going crazy, it seemed like it was bound to happen once again. Harriet, the historical drama based on Tubman’s life stars Cynthia Erivo, but the film’s screenwriter and producer, Gregory Allen Howard, says when he first started working on the biopic movie in 1994 that one studio executive suggested Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts portray the legendary slave turned abolitionist. Yes, Pretty Woman Julia Roberts.
In a Q&A with Allen published earlier this month by Harriet studio Focus Features Allen recalled how “the climate in Hollywood … was very different” some 25 years ago.
“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,’” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’”
I can’t even imagine Oscar winning best actress Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman. That is just weird. Glad this casting idea did not happen for the star of Erin Brockovich. I doubt Julia Roberts would have accepted the role of Harriet Tubman.