Alice Walker’s acclaimed tale, “The Color Purple” is coming back to the big screen for a new generation this December — and fans are getting their first look at the highly anticipated reimagining. Steven Spielberg’s version of the beloved tale – which follows an extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share an unbreakable bond – opened in theaters in 1985 with Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Akosua Busia, Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey in an ensemble cast Happened. Now, nearly 40 years later, the classic film — which later became a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical — is getting a “bold new take” from director Blitz Bajavule with an equally star-studded cast.
The trailer for the reimagined musical version of the story was finally released to audiences on May 22, and in it we meet Fantasia Taylor (Sally), Halle Bailey (Nettie), Phylicia Pearl Mpsey (Young Sally), Coleman Domingo (Mr. and Taraji P. Henson (Shug Avery) as their beloved characters for the first time. From Taylor’s stunning vocals and Bailey’s passionate rendition of Nettie to Shug Avery’s vibrant portrayal of Henson, the film promises a one-of-a-kind musical and dramatic performance.
In a virtual press conference held before the trailer’s debut, which POPSUGAR attended, Winfrey, the new film’s producer, talked about the importance of having “The Color Purple” onboard the remake after all these years. Reflecting on her time in the original 1985 film, she said, “I can’t tell you what a full-circle moment it is.” “The reason this film is so important is because while there is a need for self-discovery, self-empowerment, victory in one’s life, people need to know what it feels like to be loved and to be whole. Somebody else’s love, ‘The Color Purple’ will be needed.”
About recreating the classic tale in today’s era, Bazawule said, “As Oprah said, the reference to ‘The Color Purple’ is timeless in itself. As long as issues of gender bias remain, [abuse]Racial inequality, penal systems that are biased, all of these things are at the center of The Color Purple, and if you look out your window, it’s happening today.
The musical film for “The Color Purple”—based on Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel—and the 2015 musical stage play written by Marsha Norman—focuses on Celie’s 40-year story as she tries to survive abuse and bigotry in the South. navigates. when he was forced to separate from his sister Nettie. The upcoming film is produced by Winfrey, Spielberg, Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allie Willis and Stephen Bray.
Sharing what audiences can expect from the film when it premieres later this year, Winfrey said, “Joy!” and added that it is a “family,” “brotherhood,” and “personal film for anyone who wants to feel a sense of hope in this time and in triumph.” Meanwhile, Bazavule said that the audience will be attracted by the “communal spirit” and emotional feel of “The Color Purple”.
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