The Color Purple created quite a splash when it premiered on Broadway almost two decades ago, and the big-screen adaptation is just around the corner. Warner Bros. finally dropped the first trailer for this star-studded musical, led by Fantasia Barrino and Taraji P. Henson.
The Color Purple has been described as “a bold new take on the beloved classic”, which chronicles the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond, including the film’s central character Celie Harris, played by Barrino.
This isn’t the first time that Alice Walker’s seminal novel has been adapted for the big screen. Steven Spielberg’s version from 1985 starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey and it received eleven nominations. Spielberg and Winfrey are coming back as producers of the new movie, along with Quincy Jones, who wrote the original score.
What sets the new adaptation apart is that it’s not a direct adaptation of the book, but a stage musical based on this beloved novel. It originally premiered on Broadway in 2005 and received eleven Tony nods, only to be revived again in 2015.
The Color Purple will hit the theaters on Christmas, and its supporting cast will include Halle Bailey, Elizabeth Marvel, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R, Coleman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Louis Gossett Jr., and David Alan Grier.