There’s a prominent trend in the entertainment industry where movies are transformed into musicals and then circle back to the silver screen. In the case of “The Color Purple,” it boasts an exceptional lineup, both in front of and behind the camera. The anticipation is rightfully high, considering that Alice Walker received a Pulitzer Prize for her 1982 novel, and Steven Spielberg directed the 1985 film adaptation, which earned an impressive 11 Oscar nominations. The subsequent musical adaptation also garnered Tony nominations, further fueling expectations for the upcoming musical movie version. Be sure to watch the latest trailer for a glimpse into this captivating story.
This time around, the narrative has been skillfully reimagined by Marcus Gardley, with the musical book by Marsha Norman. It follows the compelling journey of Celie, portrayed by Fantasia Barrino, an African-American woman navigating the challenges of the deep South during the early to mid-20th century. Celie’s quest for self-discovery unfolds as she grapples with enduring abuse from her stepfather, husband, and others over a span of four decades.
The Color Purple Trailer
With Blitz Bazawule in the director’s chair and the original film star Oprah Winfrey now part of the producing team, the cast is studded with exceptional talent, including Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Danielle Brooks, and Halle Bailey. Whether this rendition can maintain the legacy of awards and nominations of its predecessors remains to be seen.
“The Color Purple” (note that the UK release retains the American spelling) is set to hit cinemas in the UK on January 26, following its release in the United States on Christmas Day, a month prior.