Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, it stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles. A biography about Harriet Tubman had been in the works for years, with several actresses, including Viola Davis, rumored to star. Erivo was cast in February 2017, much of the cast and crew joined the following year. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2019, and is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States on November 1, 2019 by Focus Features. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Erivo's performance but lamented the formulaic approach to the story.