There are some things that just don’t go out of style, like a fresh haircut, a Kanye West and Jay-Z collab or a good book. One piece of literature that remains on many “best of” lists is The Color Purple. Released in 1983, Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been revisited as a Tony Award-winning Broadway play and Oscar-nominated film.
A new generation of readers can soon get acquainted with the controversial and acclaimed novel, now that The Color Purple is being remade as a movie.
The forthcoming rendition of The Color Purple is expected to hit theaters and streaming platforms towards the end of 2023. It’s slated to feature lots of star power, not unlike its predecessors.
H.E.R. has reportedly signed on for the role of Squeak. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter won her first Oscar earlier this year for “Fight For You,” her contribution to the Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack. The Back of My Mind artist will star alongside Corey Hawkins, who will play Squeak’s boyfriend, Harpo.
You probably remember Hawkins as Dr. Dre in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. The DC native also held down roles in major movies such as In the Heights (2021) and BlacKkKlansman (2018) and starred in the television series The Walking Dead and 24: Legacy.
A critical and commercial success, the original Color Purple movie received 11 Academy Award nominations, while grossing more than $140 million on a budget of $15 million. The 1985 film featured contributions from some of Hollywood’s finest, including Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Winfrey, Jones and Spielberg are expected to play roles behind the scenes on the 2023 version of The Color Purple.
Although we’ll have to wait a minute before we can check out the next chapter of the iconic The Color Purple, we’re excited. How about you? Will you be looking out for it when it hits theaters in December 2023.
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