Viola Davis

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Viola Davis, star of ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about, The Underground Railroad, and abolitionist hero. HBO said Monday that the project is based on the biography ‘Bound For The Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, ‘by historian Kate Clifford Larson. Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped in 1849 and led countless slaves from the South to freedom along the Underground Railroad. An air date for the untitled project and other cast members were not announced. 

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