Janelle Monáe Joins ‘Harriet’ Biopic Starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr.

Janelle Monáe feels like an actress who is quickly working towards her time on an Oscar stage. She’s slowly building a very strong resume as an actress, including both “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” in 2016. She also led an episode of Amazon Prime‘s “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” where she was simply chilling. Simultaneously, she continues to release music, including 6 Grammy nominations since 2009. The definition of an artist, Monáe has now joined another prestige project. She joins Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. in “Harriet,” a biopic of Harriet Tubman.

Whenever you bring a historical figure to life, there are many questions about who various actors will portray in the film. In this case, Monáe will not take on the titular role, as Erivo will play Tubman. This might actually help the musician/actress though, likely giving her a juicy role as a supporting actress. There has not been any announcement of who Monáe will portray, but it is safe to say she will not be in the lead category.

“Harriet” will be directed by Kasi Lemmons, best known for directing “Eve’s Bayou” and acting in “Silence of the Lambs” in 1991. Lemmons also serves as a screenwriter with Gregory Allen Howard also wrote “Ali” and “Remember the Titans” since 2000. Lemmons begins filming this month so it can release sometime next year, so we are not very far away from “Harriet” becoming an Oscar player. With a cast featuring so many well-known actors, many of which are from the stage. This could quickly become one of the most anticipated films of 2019, and Monáe will be a big reason for that excitement.

What do you think of Monáe joining “Harriet?” Do you think she’ll be overshadowed by Erivo and Odom? Or will it be the other way around? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

“Harriet” will be distributed by Focus Features and Universal Studios.