Cynthia Erivo, Benedict Cumberbatch Teaming on Biopic of African Princess “Gifted” to Queen Victoria

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 court.Erivo will produce with her Edith’s Daughter partner Solome Williams, alongside SunnyMarch’s Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland, and Rienkje Attoh from So & So Productions.

SunnyMarch co-founder Benedict Cumberbatch will executive produce.Development is financed by BBC Film.

Walter Dean Myers’ biography At Her Majesty’s Request …

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