WATCH: ‘The Color Purple’ Movie Musical Releases Trailer
The official trailer of the movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple has just been released.
Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, The Color Purple follows the story of Celie, a black woman who grows up in intense poverty and abuse in the American South during the early 20th century. She is changed when she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor , and Fantasia Barrino. It is directed by Blitz Bazawule and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones.
The screenplay is written by Marcus Gardley, based on the novel by Alice Walker and based on the musical stage play, book (of the musical stage play) by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The executive producers are Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Carla Gardini, Mara Jacobs, Adam Fell, Courtenay Valenti, Sheila Walcott and Michael Beugg.
Joining director Bazawule behind the camera are director of photography Dan Laustsen, production designer Paul Denham Austerberry, and editor Jon Poll. The choreographer is Fatima Robinson and the costumes are designed by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck. The music supervisors are Jordan Carroll and Morgan Rhodes; the music is by Kris Bowers; and the executive music producers are Nick Baxter, Stephen Bray, and Blitz Bazawule.
The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set to open in theaters in North America on December 25, 2023 and internationally beginning January 18, 2024.
The Color Purple was adapted into a film in 1985, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Winfrey. In December 2005, a musical adaptation opened on Broadway. It returned to Broadway in 2015 starring Cynthia Erivo as Celie, winning Best Revival of a Musical and Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Erivo.
You can watch the official trailer below.