Entertainment Cynthia Erivo to Star in Film About African Princess Offered as 'Gift' to Queen Victoria

04:50  05 december  2020
04:50  05 december  2020 Source:   thewrap.com

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EXCLUSIVE : Two-time Oscar-nominee Cynthia Erivo ( Harriet ) is to star in and produce a film based on the remarkable life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th Century African princess ‘ gifted ’ to Queen Victoria after she was orphaned and enslaved by a west African king.

Cynthia Erivo , a two-time Oscar nominee for Harriet (for best actress and best original song) is set to star in and produce a film based on the life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th century African princess who, after being orphaned and enslaved by a West African King, was taken in by Queen Victoria ’s

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Cynthia Erivo will star in a film about the true story of Sara Forbes Bonetta, an African princess who in 1850 was offered as a "gift" to Queen Victoria and became her goddaughter.

The untitled film will be executive produced by Benedict Cumberbatch and developed and financed by BBC Film. Erivo will also produce herself along with Solome Williams of their company Edith's Daughter, as will Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland for SunnyMarch and Rienkje Attoh for So & So Productions.

The film is based on "At Her Majesty's Request," a biography written by Walter Dean Myers that shows how a princess with the West African Egbado tribe (now Yewa) of the Yoruba people was orphaned and then sold into slavery before Captain Frederick E. Forbes of the British Royal Navy took her to England and offered her to the Queen.

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Cynthia Erivo will star and produce a new film based on the life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an 19th century princess who was ' gifted ' to Queen Victoria . The Two-time Oscar-nominee, 33, will portray the story of the Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, orphaned and enslaved by a west African

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Forbes Bonetta was originally born Omoba Aina and became a slave at age 5 in the court of King Ghezo of Dahomey. She was taken in 1850 and was renamed Sara Forbes Bonetta after the Navy officer's ship the HMS Bonetta.

Erivo is a two-time Oscar nominee for her film "Harriet" from last year in which she played Harriet Tubman. Erivo was nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Song. She also can be seen in the series "The Outsider" and will next be seen in "Chaos Walking," and she's attached to an Amblin project called "Carrier" that's based on a sci-fi podcast. She'll also play Aretha Franklin in the next season of "Genius" and is attached to "Talent Show" for Universal.

Deadline first reported the news.

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