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Julia Roberts was suggested to play Harriet Tubman by a studio executive

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Harriet, a historical drama released earlier this month, stars Cynthia Erivo as abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman, who helped rescue 70 enslaved people through her network known as the Underground Railroad. 

But according to the film's screenwriter and producer, Gregory Allen Howard, Julia Roberts was considered for the staring role at some point. Yes, someone wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.