Gregory Allen’s shocking revelation has shook Twitter. Allen revealed in an interview that Julia Roberts was suggested to play Harriet Tubman.
Gregory Allen Howard, the screenwriter and producer of Harriet, revealed that Julia Roberts was suggested to play the role of the legendary abolitionist.
Representation of women of colour has always been a point of debate in Hollywood. However, Allen’s revelation has Twitter furious.
Allen in an interview earlier this month recalled that a studio executive had suggested Julia Roberts for the iconic role.
Allen began writing the script over two decades ago and in an interview to Focus Features, he revealed, “Harriet, which was set up at Disney 26 years ago, was my first assignment. … Hollywood, however, was very different back then," Howard recalled.
"I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, 'This script is fantastic. Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.”
He further added, "When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, “It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.”
Twitter has been boiling since this revelation of casting a white woman in a movie based on black female protagonist has been made.
Here are the twitter reactions:
In 1994? I 100% believe it.— Sarah (@GhostofBambi) November 20, 2019
I really hope this ain't true and IF it is... The person who even for a second thought that this was even remotely a good idea needs to be in a new line of work.— GDub (@YoungEx20) November 20, 2019
In light of news that Julia Roberts was being considered for the role of Harriett Tubman,— Darth Hater (@mrparks212) November 20, 2019
I would like to put forth the idea for Leslie Jones to play Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming biopic#paletteswaps
#JuliaRoberts is good but she not that good to play a woman of color— LoLo (@LoriAnnGazella) November 20, 2019
I love Julia Roberts, but there are plenty of actresses of color who could play Harriet Tubman....Viola Davis comes to mind.— AlphaChick♿️ (@LynneGarrison) November 20, 2019
The historical drama that released earlier this month, is based on the life of Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery and went onto become America’s most legendary abolitionist.