Several beloved Broadway musicals are getting Hollywood treatment right now, starting with The Color Purple. Warner Bros. just dropped the first official trailer for the big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning musical, led by Fantasia Barrino and Taraji P. Henson.
According to its official synopsis, The Color Purple is a “bold new take on the beloved classic” and it invites you to experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond.
The Color Purple is based on Alice Walker’s seminal novel of the same name, which inspired the hit musical. It originally ran on Broadway between 2005 to 2008 and received eleven Tony Award nominations before inspiring another acclaimed revival in 2015.
American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino briefly played the role of Celie in the original Broadway production, and she’s now set to reprise it in the film. The cast will also include Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Elizabeth Marvel, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R, Coleman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Louis Gossett Jr., and David Alan Grier, among others.
The Color Purple will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 25. It was directed for the big screen by Blitz Bazawule, while Marcus Gardley, Alice Walker, and Marsha Norman penned the screenplay. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones are coming on board as executive producers.