Last week in an email to BAFTA voters, chief executive Amanda Berry called the lack of diversity in this year's nominees 'frustrating and deeply disappointing'.
The British actor will portray the 'Queen of Soul' in a TV series, with the full approval of the late singer's family.
Joe Alwyn will play Bob Cratchit in 'A Christmas Carol', which is being adapted by 'Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight.
The writer of Harriet says a studio exec made the suggestion back in 1994.
Cynthia Erivo and director Kasi Lemmons reveal the responsibility of portraying the iconic Harriet Tubman in 'Harriet'.
The trailer for Harriet Tubman's biopic was released on Tuesday. But not without some controversy surrounding the choice to cast British actress Cynthia Erivo as the American abolitionist.