Governor Ralph Northam announced that "Harriet" will begin filming in Central Virginia this fall.
"Harriet" will be the first feature-length film to tell the story of heroic abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman.
Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Tony Award-winner and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) are set to star.
"We are delighted to welcome Harriet to Virginia and look forward to providing the backdrop for this groundbreaking project, which will play a key role in bringing the powerful story of an iconic American heroine to life," said Governor Northam. "Harriet presents a tremendous economic opportunity for the Commonwealth both during filming and beyond, thanks to the impressive exposure a film of this scope and profile offers. We are confident this project will help pave the way for future industry growth and continue to point a powerful spotlight on all Virginia has to offer."
Virginia’s growing film industry will shine a light on Harriet Tubman with the feature-length biopic from Focus Features. Filming starts in Central Virginia this fall. #iPadjournos https://t.co/ykrRHSi9CF— Caitlin Morris (@caitlin_morris) September 20, 2018
We are thrilled to officially announce the much-anticipated Harriet Tubman biopic from @FocusFeatures, Harriet, will film in Virginia this fall! The project will star Tony-award winning actress Cynthia Erivo. More info below! https://t.co/bPbm7arWQt #filmvirginia pic.twitter.com/YHE2drudOk— Virginia Film Office (@VAFilmOffice) September 20, 2018