Taraji P. Henson is growing her empire.
The 51-12 months-outdated will star as Shug Avery in a brand new movie adaption of the Broadway musical “The Colour Purple,” based totally in Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, in accordance to Wide selection.
The Warner Bros. movement image will likely be directed by Blitz Bazawule, who’s regarded for his competencies on Beyoncé’s “Black is King” era.
The “Empire” actress will be part of stars H.E.R. and Corey Hawkins for the film. Hawkins will have interaction within the place of Harpo, although H.E.R. will painting Squeak.
The story follows a teen named Celie as she makes an attempt to dwell her day by day life as an African American within the South all through the early to mid-1900s.
The e-book was tailor-made for movie by Steven Spielberg in 1985. In that variation, Margaret Avery performed Shug Avery, a jazz and blues singer who befriends Celie, who was performed by Whoopi Goldberg.
A-listers reminiscent of Jennifer Hudson, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Holliday, Heather Headley, Elisabeth Withers, Angela Robinson and English actor Nicola Hughes have acted within the musical at totally different conditions onstage.
Oprah Winfrey is on the helm to generate the brand new film by way of her Harpo Productions firm. She produced her film debut in Spielberg’s mannequin, and even gained an Oscar nomination for her total efficiency.
“West Facet Story” director Spielberg can be manufacturing the problem below his enterprise, Amblin Enjoyment. Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones — who alongside with Winfrey made the Broadway shows — are additionally on board.
“The Color Purple” is slated to be launched on Dec. 20, 2023.