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And the movie definitely WAS NOT “Pretty Tubman”…

But this story was REAL: ‘Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman’ — ‘Harriet’ screenwriter reveals bizarre casting request

'Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman' - 'Harriet' screenwriter reveals bizarre casting request

By Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman? It may sound strange and offensive, but the film's screenwriter and producer, Gregory Allen Howard, said that was suggested when the movie was first being shopped around Hollywood. Howard revealed the bizarre casting suggestion in an interview with Focus Features earlier this month and repeated the story in an L.A.