The highly-anticipated trailer for the remake of The Color Purple has been released, featuring talented stars Halle Bailey and Fantasia in leading roles. The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, including Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., Corey Hawkins, Ciara, and more. Notably, Fantasia and Brooks reprise their characters from the Broadway adaptation.
The Color Purple remake is a musical adaptation of the 1985 classic film, which holds a revered status among movie fans. Based on Alice Walker’s book, the story has faced controversy and banning in schools due to its depiction of sexual content, abuse, and domestic violence.
The original narrative portrays the forty-year journey of Celie, a Black woman facing abuse, racism, and bigotry in the Southern United States.
The remake is helmed by original cast member Oprah Winfrey, directed by Steven Spielberg, and features music by legendary composer and music producer Quincy Jones. The film is expected to hit theaters on December 25, captivating audiences with its reimagined take on a beloved story.
Halle Bailey’s Involvement
Rising actress Halle Bailey, known for her role as Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, has taken on the part of “Young Nettie” in The Color Purple remake. Bailey’s talent and representation as a Black actress have garnered praise, including recognition for showing “Black excellence” in her performances.
In June 2022, Halle Bailey announced the completion of The Color Purple movie and shared her excitement about portraying “Young Nettie” in the upcoming remake.
Disney Director Recognizes Black Excellence & Praises Halle Bailey
Director Rob Marshall, known for his work on the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, applauded Halle Bailey for her role as Ariel and praised her as an incredibly strong, passionate, and beautiful actress. Marshall also commended Bailey for representing “Black excellence” and overcoming racist backlash.