Danielle Brooks, H.E.R. Cast in Color Purple Movie Musical
Alice Walker’s acclaimed novel “The Color Purple” is being adapted once more. Decades after Steven Spielberg‘s 1985 adaptation received accolades, a film inspired by the similarly lauded stage musical — which originally ran from 2005 to 2008, then again from 2015 to 2017 — is in the works.
After previously announcing the film would star H.E.R. in her first major acting role as aspiring singer Squeak, news of Taraji P. Henson’s casting as the role of Shug Avery and Corey Hawkins portraying Harpo followed. Finally, in an “ABC News” special on Feb. 3, Oprah Winfrey unveiled the official lineup of lead actors in the adaptation, revealing Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Fantasia Taylor, and Colman Domingo were joining the cast.
Brooks is set to play Sofia, whom she also portrayed on Broadway from 2015 to 2017. In addition, Taylor is reprising her role as Celie, after she made her Broadway debut in the role in 2007. Bailey has been cast as Nettie, while Domingo will be playing Mister.
Slated to direct is “Black Is King” co-director Blitz Bazawule, while Winfrey — whose portrayal of Sofia in the Spielberg adaptation earned her an Oscar nomination — has signed on as a producer. It’ll be quite a while before this movie musical hits theaters, as the release is currently set for Dec. 20, 2023. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the “Color Purple” cast.