Fantasia Brings Musical Remake to Life

The first trailer for The Color Purple remake has music, raw emotion, and a star-studded cast.

Warner Bros. unveiled the video on Monday, giving a glimpse of the upcoming adaptation of Alice Walker’s iconic novel and the hit Broadway musical it inspired.

A press release describes the film as a “bold new take on the beloved classic.”

American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino plays Celie alongside Danielle Brooks as Sofia. The cast also includes Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Corey Hawkins, David Alan Grier, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, H.E.R., Ciara, Jon Batiste and Deon Cole.

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The Color Purple tells the coming-of-age story of a group of Black women living in rural Georgia in the 1930s, and relying on their sisterhood as they deal with hardship and abuse.

The novel was first published in 1982 and won a Pulitzer Prize. In 1985, it was adapted into a feature film directed by Steven Spielberg. Whoopi Goldberg led the cast of the Warner Bros. film as Celie, who was physically, sexually and verbally abused. Oprah Winfrey co-starred as Sofia and Margaret Avery played Shug. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.

The musical version premiered on Broadway in 2005 and went on to win a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

The new film is directed by Ghanaian filmmaker and musician, Blitz Bazawule (Black Is King). Winfrey and Spielberg are producers.

The Color Purple arrives in theaters on Dec. 25, 2023.

Watch the trailer below:

Fantasia Brings Musical Remake to Life

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