Los Angeles: Actress Elizabeth Marvel has joined the star-studded cast of Blitz Bajwale’s adaptation of “The Color Purple”.
The upcoming Warner Bros. musical film is an adaptation of Alice Walker’s iconic American novel, as well as the Oscar-nominated 1985 film and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, ‘Variety’ reports.
Directed by Bazvale (best known for his work on Beyoncé’s “Black is King”, “The Burial of Cojo” and “Cherish the Day”) from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley (“The Chi”), the story Célie (Fantasia) exposes. Barrino, in her feature film debut), a black woman whose personal awakening in the American South of the early 20th century is central to this epic tale.
Told through a lens of magical realism, dance and an uplifting musical score with African American jazz, gospel, and blues, the film aims to astonish lovers of the earlier adaptations and inspire fans of these beloved characters, as “Variety” reports. To introduce to a new generation.
Marvel will assume the role of Miss Millie, the wife of the obnoxious and domineering mayor who employs Sophia as his maid. The character was played by Dana Ivey in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film.
Oprah Winfrey, who made her acting debut in that film, is producing the new project under her Harpo Films banner; Spielberg also returned to produce for his own Amblin Entertainment. Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, both of whom produced the Broadway musical, are also producers.
Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardini, Christy Macosko Krieger and Adam Fell are executive producers.
The cast for the new version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning storyline stars Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Coleman Domingo as Mr., Corey Hawkins as Harpo, HER as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Young Netty, Ciara Netty, David Alan Grier Is. Tamala J. as Reverend Avery, First Lady. Mann, Phylicia Pearl Mapasi as Young Celie, Dion Cole as Alfonso, Stephen Hill as Buster, and Louis Gossett Jr. as Ol’ Mister.
Earlier this week, Essence announced that recent Oscar-nominee Anjaneu Ellis would join the film’s cast.
The actor, who has also been nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, will play Mama, Sally and Nettie’s mother.
‘The Color Purple’ is slated to release on December 20, 2023.
Marvel currently stars as Noel Holmes in the Hulu limited series ‘The Dropout’ and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award (for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama). Mary Tyrone in the Audible production of “Long Days Journey Into Night” on Thursday.
For HBO Max in 1980 about the true story of Texas housewife Candy Montgomery’s murder of Betty Gore, David E. Marvel will next star in Kelly’s limited series ‘Love and Death’.