Adapted from Alice Walker’s classic novel, this version stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Halle Bailey
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE BY WARNER BROS
Based on the classic novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple will be coming to the big screen on 26 January 2024 as you’ve never seen it before. Produced by an all-star roster, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, the film’s trailer showcases this singing, dancing extravaganza.
The cast is also full of fabulous names like Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures), Danielle Brooks (OITNB), Halle Bailey (Little Mermaid), Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (Men Of Honor), and singer Fantasia Barrino. Spielberg has already made an adaptation of the classic book in 1985, which starred none other than Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg.
The story follows Celie – a teenager who was raised in Georgia in the 1900s. Alice Walker’s book is written in a series of letters between Celie and God as she tackles a number of issues such as her abusive marriage and her separation from her sister.
Alice Walker’s story has been heralded since its release in 1982 as a lesbian novel, with readers quick to point out the sapphic relationship between Celie and Shug Avery. Although it has been ignored or dismissed by critics and adaptations in the past, we’re hoping to see this version as a glorious celebration of Celie and Shug’s relationship. Alice Walker was unapologetic in her queer storyline, and we’re hoping that this adaptation pays homage to that.
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