One more trailer has arrived for the musical version of The Color Purple ahead of its theatrical release next month in the UK.
To date, the only major cinematic interpretation of The Color Purple is the fondly-remembered 1985 adaptation by Steven Spielberg.
However, the story (which of course began life as a 1982 epistolary novel by Alice Walker) has since been adapted for Broadway and that musical version has now been turned into an upcoming film starring Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black) and singer Fantasia Barrino, which is set to be released on 26th January.
The Color Purple ‘tells of the struggles of an African American woman living in the south during the early 1900s. It’s also about the strong bond shared by three friends.’ Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation saw Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery in the leading roles. Winfrey is involved in this new adaptation as a producer, as is Steven Spielberg.
Directing the musical is Blitz Bazawule (Black Is King).
Also producing are Scott Sanders and the legendary Quincy Jones. Marcus Gardley’s screenplay is said to have combined elements of Walker’s book and the successful stage musical, so hopefully we’re looking at a successful hybrid of the two versions of the story.
The film’s impressive ensemble is rounded out by Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor.
That’s a mighty swathe of talent, both in front and behind the camera so we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what everybody involved has created. We’ve seen a couple of trailers already, but this one is a little different. If you haven’t checked one out yet, be sure to take a look at this one ahead of the film’s January release.