The Color Purple (2023): Plot, Cast and Trailer

Hola What’s Hot Fam,

Toss out the red and green this holiday season. This year the color is purple (and no it’s not for the Ravens)!

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones have joined forces to produce a musical remake of The Color Purple. Taglined as “a bold new take on the beloved classic,” the film is a blend of previous works and features a cast of talented black women, many of whom are gifted with chilling vocals.

Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker published in 1982, The Color Purple 2023 remake combines adaptations of the Broadway musical’s songs and notable moments from the 1985 film to bring a modern twist to a historical drama. As with all of its related works, the film follows Celie as she deals with a troubled life in the South. Marked by an abusive marriage, sisterhood and a love for music, Celie’s story remains a captivating tale set in Georgia.

Familiar faces include singers Fantasia Barrino, Ciara, Halle Bailey, and H.E.R., and actresses Taraji P. Henson and Danielle Brooks.

Directed by Blitz Bazawule, who is credited for his work on Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’, The Color Purple 2023 is summarized by Warner Brothers as an opportunity to “experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond.” Marcus Gardley (‘Maid,’ ‘The Chi’) is credited for the screenplay.

Check out the extended cast list below!

Current ActorCharacter1985 Film Actor  
Fantasia Barrino
(also starred in the Broadway musical)
Celie Harris-JohnsonWhoopi Goldberg
Phylicia Pearl MpasiYoung CelieDesreta Jackson
Taraji P. HensonShug AveryMargaret Avery
Danielle BrooksSofiaOprah Winfrey
Colman DomingoAlbert “Mister” JohnsonDanny Glover
Corey HawkinsHarpo JohnsonWillard E. Pugh
H.E.R.Squeak/Mary AgnesRae Dawn Chong
CiaraNettie HarrisAkosua Busia
Halle BaileyYoung Nettie
Aunjanue EllisMama
Jon BatisteGradyBennet Guillory
Louis Gossett Jr.Ol’ Mister JohnsonAdolph Caesar
David Alan GrierRev. Samuel AveryCarl Anderson
Deon ColeAlfonsoLeonard Jackson
Tamela J. MannFirst Lady Susan Beaubian
Stephen HillHenry “Buster” BroadnaxJames Tillis
Elizabeth MarvelMiss MillieDana Ivey
Sources: Warner Brothers, Screen Rant, IMDb

This Harpo Films, Amblin Entertainment, and Scott Sanders /QJP Production debuts in North American theaters on December 25, 2023, and internationally beginning January 18, 2024.

With Sizzling Love,

Stacey Cake

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