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Janelle Monáe has a signed on for two new movie projects, Variety reports. The singer-songwriter-slash-actress is joining the cast of Harriet Tubman’s biopic, Harriet, and will star in an animated movie titled Ugly Dolls.

While it’s unsure what role Monáe will take in Harriet, she will support Cynthia Erivo who portrays the titular heroic abolitionist. For those unaware of Tubman’s background, she was born into slavery in 1849, and made it her mission to rescue approximately 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad. She also served as a spy during the Civil War, and campaigned for women’s suffrage.

It’s also not clear which character Monáe will voice in Ugly Dolls — an animation based on the beloved toy brand — but she is expected to perform original songs on the film’s soundtrack.

Aside from these two projects, Monáe also appears in the upcoming feature adaptation of the documentary Marwencol, titled Welcome to Marwen — the story of a man who, after a brutal attack, finds a unique way to aid his recovery process.

Which of Monáe’s projects are you most hyped about? Let us know in the comments.

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