The Colour Purple original movie made it to the big screen in 1985 and received ample attention and positive critique as it landed a nomination in eleven Academy Awards.
The original movie was an adaptation of Alice Walker’s 1982 award-winning novel which revolved around the traumatic life of Celie who is based in Georgia in the 1930s as she tells her story in a series of letters she has written to God.
What Does the Colour Purple Revolve Around?
A victim of inhumane atrocities by her father who terrorizes her to stay quiet and reveal nothing to anyone except God, she resorts to writing letters that can be read in the epistolary account of her life.
The novel focuses on Celie’s journey as she finds her independence and breaks free from the shackles of oppression which heavily ladened her growth with the help of her friends, Sofia and Shug Avery.
The novel features strong female characters and depicts the gaps in gender equality. Despite being critically acclaimed, the novel received backlash for its lack of censorship and explicit nature of the content.
After its adaptation in 1985 which was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Whoopi Goldberg alongside Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. A musical adaptation of the story came out in 2005. The news of a new remake has been cooking for the longest time and we have some exciting news to share.
What Do We Know About the Remake of the Colour Purple?
Steven Spielberg will be producing another version alongside Oprah who played Sofia in the 1985 adaptation of the movie. The movie will be directed by Blitz Bazawule. According to reports, the latest adaptation will be released by the end of next year on 20th December 2023.
The broadway musical was a major success and the lead actress LaChanze won a Tony Award for her performance. As reported by Variety, the screen-writer is Marcus Gardley.
Cast Announcements for the Stage Musical
The character of Shug Avery which was played by Margeret Avery in Steven Steilberg’s previous adaptation will now be renewed in a new light by none other than the 51-year-old actress Taraji p. Henson.
Henson revealed her role in the upcoming film enthusiastically on social media. Her previous work as Miss Hannigan gives her a heads up of performing in musical theatre.
How Does Henson Feel About Performing as Shug Avery?
She expresses the thrill of performing the role of a villain as Miss Hannigan and carefully tackling all the intricacies of the character. When asked about how challenging a live performance could be, she answered unfazed that this nervous feeling is what makes it all the more fun for her and it’s a part of the job.
She finds it rather exciting to explore her roots again. Henson added that she doesn’t feel nervousness is negative energy and in fact, this signals the titillating nature of her job and provides a sense of existing at the moment. She thinks this energy can be harnessed to give the best of your performance and is not necessarily a bad thing at all.
What to Expect From the Stage Musical?
The stage musical will follow more or less the same plotline but the audience can expect the addition of new songs. The lead actress has yet to be finalized as further cast announcements follow.
Well, looks like we all are awaiting this spin-off with such a mind-blowing cast which will leave us spellbound. Stay tuned. We’ll be back when we know more about the cast announcements!