Everything We Know About ‘The Color Purple’!

Celebrate the holidays with Halle Bailey, Danielle Brooks, Fantasia Barrino, and more with the Christmas Day release of the new musical adaptation of The Color Purple!

The holiday season isn’t just for baking cookies and gift wrapping. December is the time for Oscar-contending movies to hit the big screen, and The Color Purple is doing just that. The coming-of-age period drama film will be released in U.S. theatres on Christmas Day with Blitz Bazawule (The Burial Of Kojo) as the director. The screenplay by Marcus Gardley (The Chi) is based on the stage musical of the same name, which is based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel. Here is everything you need to know about the new adaptation of the modern classic.

What is the film about?

The film follows Cecile’s journey to independence. After being impregnated by her father when she was 14 years old, Cecile is forced to marry Albert “Mister” Johnson. He makes her his obedient housewife by beating her and making her cut ties with all her loved ones, including her sister Nettie. She can no longer send letters to Nettie after Mister denies her access to the mailbox. Decades later, Ceclie finally sums up the courage to break away from Msiter’s grip and meets a group of women who encourage Cecile to stand up for herself.

Is there a Trailer?

Yes! In early October, Warner Bros. Pictures released the official trailer.

Cast & Crew

The star-studded cast is sure to warm the hearts of audiences. Fantasia Barrino makes her film debut as Cecile Harris-Johnson. The film also stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., and Halle Bailey. Both Brooks and Barrino reprise their roles from the musical’s stage production.

Steven Spielberg, the director of the 1985 adaptation, and Quincy Jones return as the film’s producers alongside the stage musical’s producers Oprah Winfrey and Scott Sanders. Winfrey was also involved in the 1985 adaptation by portraying Sofia in the movie.

As mentioned, Blitz Bazawule is directing the film written by Marcus Gardley. The cinematographer is the acclaimed Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water, Nightmare Alley).

Advance tickets for the movie are already available, so be sure to secure your seats!

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Jessica McCrorie

Jessica McCrorie is a junior at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, studying screenwriting and broadcast journalism. When she’s not writing for AfterBuzz TV or Heal Squad x Maria Menounos, she enjoys exploring her other creative outlets and interests, including filmmaking, reading romance novels, playing guitar, and listening to Taylor Swift.