A New “The Color Purple” Trailer Unlocks an Unbreakable Bond Between Sisters
A brand new trailer for director Blitz Bazawule’s The Color Purple has arrived, the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning 1982 novel which boasts a trio of super-producers—Oprah Winfrey, Quincey Jones, and Steven Spielberg. Spielberg directed the original The Color Purple adaptation back in 1985, which co-starred Winfrey.
Bazawule’s musical adaptation is centered on Celie—played in her younger years by Phylicia Pearl Mpasi and then by Fantasia Barrino as an adult—a Black woman living in the American South who is separated from her sister beloved sister Nettie (played by both The Little Mermaid star Halle Bailey, as a young woman, and by Ciara as an adult). The film tracks Celie’s life, her joys and struggles, and the unbreakable bond she shares with her sister, Nettie. Utilizing the cast’s singing chops and Bazawule’s felicity with staging lush musical numbers (he was one of the directors of Beyoncé’s Black is King), this is a brand new take on Walker’s seminal source material.
The film boasts a bevy of talent both in front of and behind the camera. Bazawule directs from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley and counts composer Kris Bowers (King Richard), cinematographer Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water, John Wick: Chapter 4), and costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (Emancipation, One Night in Miami) as some of his main collaborators.
Joining the aforementioned cast are Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Mama, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, Colman Domingo as Mister, Louis Gossett Jr. as Old Mister, David Alan Grier as Rev. Avery, and Stephen Hill as Buster.
Check out the trailer below. The Color Purple arrives in theaters on Christmas Day:
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) PHYLICIA PEARL MPASI as Young Celie and HALLE BAILEY as Young Nettie in Warner Bros. Pictures’ bold new take on a classic, “THE COLOR PURPLE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures