The Color Purple (2023)

Colman Domingo, Deon Cole, Drama, General Film, Music

Director: Blitz Bazawule

Writer(s):  Marsha Norman (musical book), Alice Walker (novel); Marcus Gardley (screenplay)

Starring: Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Halle Bailey, Ciara, H.E.R., David Alan Grier, Deon Cole, Jon Batiste, Louis Gossett Jr., Tamela J. Mann, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Elizabeth Marvel, Stephen Hill, Adetinpo Thomas, Tiffany Elle Burgess, Terrence J. Smith, Aba Arthur, Jeffrey Marcus, Jamaal Avery Jr., Ailani Flowers, Emana Rachelle, Charles Green, Brad Raymond, P. Kofi McDonald, L. Warren Young, Zakiya Boyd, David Vaughn, Chase Steven Anderson, John L. Adams, Ashton Maxwell, Marvin LaViolette, Raphael Thomas, MaCai Arrington Griffin, James Carey, Parris Goodman, Ashanti Harris, Wyatt Cole, Lance Dixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Gulbranson, TahChon Mills

Synopsis: Musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel about the life-long struggles of an African American woman, who faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds extraordinary strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood, while living in the south during the early 1900s.

Release Date: December 25, 2023 (USA) | Length: 140 min | Genre: Drama, Musical | MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual content, violence and language. | Note(s): Original announcement.Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Alice Walker, Sheila Walcott, Mark Anthony Little and Rebecca Walker. I wasn’t able to identify Wyatt Cole, P. Kofi McDonald, Zakiya Boyd or Ashton Maxwell (I did find a model by the same name but not sure they are the same person). Release date moved from December 20, 2023 to Christmas Day. Jessie Jalee, Marcia Adams, Lucretia Johnson, Nathan Rudd, Nigel Barto, Camri Copeland, Amara Ja’Nai Rutledge-Rodriguez, Daisha Hines, Tristan Shufford, Valencia Gamble, Nicholas Drayton, Natavia Holmes, Demia Alejandro, Mone Monroe, Brannu Fulton and Jessica Ross were in the original cast list but not in the final one.