The Color Purple is heading back to the big screen, this time adapted from the Broadway musical. Here’s the trailer for the new film.
The original film adaptation of The Color Purple was released in 1985. Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Menno Meyjes and starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey, the film still holds the record for the highest amount of Academy Award nominations without a single win – 11.
Alice Walker’s novel was subsequently adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical in 2005, and that musical has now in turn been adapted to film.
The plot follows the struggles of Celie, an African American woman in early 1900s rural Georgia.
Singer Fantasia, who played Celie on Broadway, makes her film debut reprising the role.
Other cast members include Danielle Brooks as Sofia, who earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the 2016 Broadway revival, Taraji P Henson as Shug Avery, Colman Domingo as Mister, H.E.R. as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Young Nettie, Corey Hawkins as Harpo and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Mama, Louis Gossett Jr. as Ol’ Mister, David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Ciara as Nettie, Deon Cole as Alfonso, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Young Celie, Tamala J Mann as First Lady and Stephen Hill as Buster, as well as Jon Batiste as Grady and Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie.
Blitz Bazawule directs from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley. Spielberg, Winfrey and Quincy Jones, who scored the original film, executive produce alongside Scott Sanders. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell and Alee Willis, with Siedah Garrett also contributing to the score.
The Color Purple will be released on Christmas Day in the US, and we get it on January 26th 2024 in the UK.
Watch the trailer below…
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