Adaptations of hit Broadway musicals are popping up everywhere these days, and The Color Purple is the next one in line! Warner Bros. built some major hype for this project by dropping the first official trailer, led by Fantasia Barrino and Taraji P. Henson.
Barrino takes on the role of the film’s central figure, a Black Southern woman named Celie Harris, who embarks on a quest of self-discovery over the course of four decades while trying to come to terms with the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father in her youth.
In addition to Barrino and Henson, this project will also star Halle Bailey, Elizabeth Marvel, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R, Coleman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Louis Gossett Jr., and David Alan Grier. Blitz Bazawule serves as a director, while Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones boarded the project as producers.
The Color Purple draws inspiration from Alice Walker’s book of the same name, which inspired the hit stage musical that this new adaptation is based on. It ran on Broadway between 2005 and 2008 and earned 11 Tony nods during its original run before being revived in 2015.
The Color Purple is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 25.