Octavia Spencer will be an executive producer on the indie film, Mumbet, which is based on the A Free Woman on God’s Earth by Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes.
Alethea Root is the director. Kim Waltrip is producing.
A description from Variety:
Mumbet was also known as Elizabeth Freeman, who was the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts after hearing the words in the newly ratified state constitution — “All men are created free and equal.” In 1781, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found slavery to be inconsistent with the State Constitution — a ruling to have implicitly ended slavery in Massachusetts.
“I’m extremely proud to be a part of helping to tell such an important story. It’s time for everyone to know about Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman,” said Spencer.
Casting has not been announced yet.