Everything you need to know about the movie THE COLOR PURPLE

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The acclaimed Broadway musical adaptation of The Color Purple is officially getting the movie musical treatment! BroadwayWorld has gathered all the information we could about the upcoming film – including who is starring, what roles have yet to be cast, and what will change from scene to scene.

The story depicts the life of African American families and relationships in early 20th century Georgia. The musical, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, blues and African rhythms, has a book by Marsha Norman with music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. It first premiered on Broadway in 2005; a 2016 revival earned Tony wins for lead actress Cynthia Erivo and for Best Revival of a Musical.

The Color Purple is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was originally adapted into a non-musical film in 1985, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and more.

Check out what we know about the upcoming The Color Purple musical below!


Who is part of the cast of the musical The Color Purple?

Fantasia Barrino will lead the film’s cast as Celie. Danielle Brooks will reprise her Tony-nominated performance as Sofia, which we played in the musical’s 2016 revival. Taraji P. Henson is set to play Shug Avery.

The star-studded film also features Corey Hawkins as Harpo, HER as Squeak, Colman Domingo as Mister. Singers Halle Bailey and Ciara will share the role of Celie’s beloved sister, Nettie, with Bailey playing the younger version of the character and Ciara playing the older version.

Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis will play Celie and Nettie’s mother, a new role for the film that was not included in the musical.

Elizabeth Marvel plays Miss Millie, another new role for the film, the obnoxious wife of the town mayor who hires Sofia as her maid.

GRAMMY winner Jon Batiste will make his acting debut in the film as Grady, a pianist and husband to Shug Avery (Henson).

The cast is completed with Louis Gossett, Jr. will play the role of Ol’ Mister, David Alan Grier is Reverend Avery, Tamela J. Mann will play the first lady, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi is Young Celie, Deon Cole is Alfonso and Stephen Hill will play the role of Buster.

More recently Terrence J. Smith and Tiffany Elle Burgess were added to the cast to play Adam and Olivia respectively. Aba Arthur also joined the cast in an unspecified role.

What roles haven’t been cast in The Color Purple yet?

It looks like all of the main roles for The Color Purple movie have been cast, but new characters – including those played by Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier, Tamela J. Mann and Deon Cole – have been added to the roster. .

The musical featured The Church Ladies, a trio of women who served as the story’s Greek choir. These roles have yet to be specifically announced.

Who directs the movie The Color Purple?

Blitz Bazawule is directing the new movie. Bazawule is best known for directing Beyonce’s feature Black Is KING on Disney+.

Producer Oprah Winfrey revealed to Deadline that she was “blown away by Blitz’s unique vision as a director” and looks forward to seeing how he brings the next evolution of the story to life.

Who wrote the movie The Color Purple?

The musical, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, blues and African rhythms, has a book by Marsha Norman with music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The film features songs such as “I’m Here”, “What About Love?” and “Too Beautiful For Words”.

The Color Purple is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was originally adapted into a non-musical film in 1985, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and more.

How is the film different?

The film introduces several new characters not present in the musical, including Reverend Avery, the First Lady, Alfonso, Miss Millie, and Celie’s mother.

Moreover, the role of Nettie will be played by two actors in the film, which differs from the musical version. The new film will star Halle Bailey as young Nettie and Ciara as an older version of the character.

Additionally, HER is potentially collaborating with the film’s writers to work on a new song for his character, Squeak.

When does filming start?

The musical movie Color Purple is currently being filmed in Georgia.

“It’s been tough on set, it’s been funny on set, it’s been emotional on set, it’s been cold, it’s been hot,” Fantasia Barrino recently told Entertainment Tonight. “Some of the places we film have been heavy, because we literally have slave houses that have been there for years behind us. We can smell our ancestors. So it’s heavy.”

The movie Color Purple is set to be released in 2023.


BroadwayWorld will be sure to let you know of additional changes and updates as we hear about them!

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