Starring Fantasia Barrino, ‘The Color Purple’ Trailer is Out

Fantasia The Color Purple Trailer

The Color Purple musical film adaption starring American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino now has a trailer.

Warner Bros. released the first movie trailer of The Color Purple Broadway musical adaptation directed by Blitz Bazawule. American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino stars, as she did at one point on Broadway (She didn’t originate the role, but she did do a few stints, including in a touring company).

The film also stars Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Elizabeth Marvel, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R, Coleman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Louis Gossett Jr., David Alan Grier and more.

The upcoming film is based on the Tony-winning musical from Norman, Brenda Lee, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, which was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Alice Walker. A 1985 film adaption from director Steven Spielberg came first in 1985.

The story centers on Celie (played by Fantasia), a Black Southern woman who struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over the course of forty years.

The original Broadway musical debuted in 2005, nabbing 11 Tony Award nominations in 2006 and Best Performance by an actress in a leading role for award for LaChanze in her role as Celie. The 2015 revival earned four more Tony nominations and won for Best Revival of a Musical for Cynthia Erivo in her Broadway debut.

Watch the official trailer below. The film is due out on Christmas Day 2023.

“I now understand what Redemption truly feels like”

When cast in the role last year, Fantasia wrote on social media: “As I sit tonight and reflect on the journey my life has taken I believe I now understand what Redemption truly feels like. The last time I stepped into this character, the similarities between what I portrayed on stage and what I experienced in my own reality were too close for comfort. I’ve learned since then that my pain was only an introduction to a greater purpose of meaning and assignment.”

“I hope that every little black girl who is fighting to be heard and recognized also promises to never give up in spite of the costs,” Fantasia wrote. “Now everyone who has been wondering why I’ve been missing and so quiet can see that I’ve been dedicating all of my time to All Things Purple! (Matthew 20:16)”

The Color Purple (2023) producers include Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones with executive producers Alice Walker, and Rebecca Walker.

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