From Pretty Woman to Harriet? Sounds a bit off to us but a movie executive thought that Julia Roberts would be perfect to play the once slave turned abolitionist in the movie ‘Harriet.’
In 1994 screenwriter and producer of the film ‘Harriet’ Gregory Allen was shopping the film around to movie executives.
According to Entertainment Weekly, in a recent interview, Allen recalled that Hollywood was “very different” in the mid-90s.
Harriet writer says when he first started writing the film an exec suggested Julia Roberts should play Harriet Tubman.
'[He said,] ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman … It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference’