Jennifer Nettles Plays the Villain in First Trailer for New Movie, ‘Harriet’ [Watch]
Jennifer Nettles turned to social media to share the trailer for her new movie, Harriet, and from the look of it, her character is a pretty nasty piece of work.
Harriet documents the life of Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist who escaped slavery and subsequently helped free dozens of other slaves via the Underground Railroad. Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo portrays Tubman, and in the new trailer for Harriet above, Nettles plays a woman who is on the hunt for Tubman. Preview her performance at 2:05 in the clip above, as her character urges a torch-wielding crowd to "find this thief and burn her at the stake."
Nettles is clearly enthused about the project, tweeting, "It’s here!!! It’s here!! It’s finally here!!! I am so thrilled to have been a part of this amazing movie!!!"
"@CynthiaEriVo is masterful!!" the Sugarland singer adds.
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Janelle Monae also appears in the film along with Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters and more. Eve's Bayou director Kasi Lemmons directed Harriet based on a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard, whose credits also include Ali and Remember the Titans. Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard produced Harriet, which is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and open in theaters on Nov. 1.
"This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones, and in the process became a leader of and inspiration for her people,” Chase and Lundberg said in a statement announcing the project. “While Harriet Tubman is a household name, most people don’t know the breadth of her story — not only was she a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but she was a spy for the Union army and remains one of the few women to have led an armed expedition in U.S. history.”
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