Janelle Monae isn't the only recording artist with Atlanta ties cast for upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet. A trailer for the film briefly shows Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles as she incites a lynch mob.
"This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones, and in the process became a leader of and inspiration for her people," producers Debra Martin Chase and Daniela Taplin Lundberg said in a statement. "While Harriet Tubman is a household name, most people don't know the breadth of her story -- not only was she a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but she was a spy for the Union army and remains one of the few women to have led an armed expedition in US history."
Harriet stars British actor Cynthia Erivo as its title character. It was directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard.
Nettles excitedly shared the trailer via Twitter on Tuesday (July 23), writing: "It's here!!! It's here!! It's finally here!!! I am so thrilled to have been a part of this amazing movie!!! Check out the trailer link below and catch a peek of my character below. And go check out the film on November 1!! Cynthia Erivo is masterful!!"
Nettles' limited filmography includes the role of Dolly Parton's mother, Avie Lee, in the TV movies Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. She also played a regular role in the WGN America series Underground, which was also themed around slavery and the Underground Railroad. Harriet will mark Nettles' big screen debut.
As for her music career, Nettles still performs with Kristian Bush as Sugarland. The duo plays three shows this weekend (July 25-27) in Washington, Nevada and California. As a solo artist, she released her I Can Do Hard Things E.P. in June.