“This ain’t your mama’s Color Purple,” Oprah warns as she describes the upcoming The Color Purple movie musical.
Whoopi Goldberg who portrayed Ms. Celie has been replaced with Fantasia. Sofia originally portrayed by Oprah has been replaced with Danielle Brooks. Taraji P. Henson will play Shug Avery and H.E.R is set to play Squeaky and Halle Bailey as Nettie,
There is a rawness and a vulnerability to Fantasia. We all know she can sing, and she has to take on the song “I’m Here,” which is the anthem for women’s empowerment. I think there’s no better time than this moment for it. It is an international battle cry for triumphing over adversity and empowering oneself and finding home within one’s self and one’s family. I think we’re gonna see a side of Fantasia that no one ever imagined.- Oprah
The forthcoming Warner Bros. movie is an adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, which is itself an adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The production is directed by Blitz Bazawule (he also worked on Beyoncé’s “Black is King’), and is set to start filming in Georgia next month.
Sofia, Sofia, Sofia! Obviously, that has a lot of personal meaning for me. So I actually called up Danielle to pass the baton on to her.- Oprah
Oprah, who made her feature acting debut in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple,” is producing the new movie under her Harpo Films banner; Spielberg also returns to produce for his Amblin Entertainment, according to Variety. Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, both of whom produced the Broadway musical, are also producers. Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardini, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Fell are executive producers.