The Color Purple first official trailer: Fantasia Barrino Taylor soars
A trailer for the highly anticipated movie musical version of the beloved classic film The Color Purple was shared on Monday afternoon.
The movie, which is directed by Blitz Bazawule, has big-name producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg behind it.
And there is an impressive cast.
American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino is reprising her Broadway role as Celie Harris Johnson with Phylicia Mpasi as the young Celie.
Ciara is Nettie Harris and Halle Bailey of The Little Mermaid fame is young Nettie.
Rounding out the cast are Taraji P Henson as the flamboyant blues singer Shug Avery, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, HER as Mary Agnes (Squeak) and Corey Hawkins as Harpo Johnson.
A first look: A trailer for the highly anticipated musical movie version of the beloved classic film The Color Purple was shared on Monday afternoon. Seen here is American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, who is reprising her Broadway role as Celie Harris Johnson.
The sultry siren with a heart: Rounding out the cast are Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery.
Big bucks: She arrives at the estate in a fancy chauffeured luxury convertible
Colman Domingo is Albert ‘Mister’ Johnson and Louis Gossett Jr is Old Mister.
The film has a seasoned past: it has been a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, an Oscar-nominated film and a Tony Award-winning musical already.
On Monday, the first official trailer was shared by Warner Bros.
The big-budget film is scheduled to come out on Christmas Day 2023.
The Color Purple follows the painful life of Celie, an African American teenager raised in rural isolation in Georgia.
She is a rebel who knows little as she grows up in the South in the early 1900s. She doesn’t want to be a quiet victim so she fights her way through the hardships, and eventually triumphs.
Celie narrates her life through painfully honest letters to God.
The trailer follows Celie after she is separated from her sister Nettie.
A mentor: Suge’s influence over Celie is powerful as she treats her kindly and gussies her up with scarlet red lipstick during their girl time.
First act of kindness: Suge is the first person to treat Celie as anything special, and she is seen here literally looking up to her.
The trailer begins with Nettie talking about Africa and how there are queens on the continent, telling her sibling that means their family is royalty.
The sisters get along great as they clearly have a strong bond.
They are seen laughing easily as they shop in the dirt road town. But heartbreak waltzes in as Celie is forced by gunpoint off the property she had called home.
‘All I have is my sister, she was the only one who ever loved me,’ says Celie.
Taraji is then seen in a red dress as the inimitable lounge singer Suge Avery. She then pulls up to the estate in a fancy convertible car as she models an ivory outfit.
Her influence over Celie is powerful as she treats her kindly and gussies her up with scarlet red lipstick during their girl bonding time in a bedroom.
She has the pipes: Fantasia is then seen belting out a song on stage in a black and white floral print dress, giving it her all
Bad guy: Colman Domingo is Albert ‘Mister’ Johnson and Louis Gossett Jr is Old Mister
They were so close: The sisters are seen as young girls before they are ripped apart in the rural south
The way they were: The siblings used to spend their days playing and laughing, until their lives were broken
‘Oh, sweet loving God,’ says Suge when she sees her friend with lipstick on.
‘Sisters are forever,’ says the tag line.
Fantasia is then seen belting out a song on stage in a black and white floral print dress, giving it her all.
‘A bold new take on the beloved classic,’ it is added on the screen at the end of the trailer.
Spielberg’s acclaimed 1985 film, which starred Winfrey as well as Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Margaret Avery, was a critical and box office hit.
Winfrey earned an Oscar nomination for the film.
Now Spielberg has returned to produce along with Winfrey, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones.