November 2, 2018 at 2:50 pm #1202667022
Some may rejoice about this, others may groan, but we’re getting another movie adaptation of The Color Purple. Instead of just a straight-up adaptation like Steven Spielberg’s 1985 version, this version will specifically be a movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical version. However, several people from the 1985 film will be serving as producers, including Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones. One of its Broadway producers, Scott Sanders, will also produce as well. No casting has been announced, but do you think they should try to cast any of the performers from any of the previous stage versions, particularly from the recent revival like Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks, or should they go with a whole new cast? https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/color-purple-get-movie-musical-treatment-1156951November 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm #1202667026
I can already imagine an enormous protest from people if Cynthia Erivo doesn’t get cast as Celie.November 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm #1202667029This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.November 2, 2018 at 3:04 pm #1202667035
Though if Cynthia Erivo does get cast and wins the Oscar for this, she’ll have not only completed her EGOT, but she’ll have manage to win all four of those awards for the exact same project.November 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm #1202667037
Awesome news. This should have been done years ago. Can’t wait for the casting!November 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm #1202667046
Fantasia actually got incredible reviews for her portrayal too, but I actually hope they go with someone new.November 2, 2018 at 5:02 pm #1202667067
Obviously, no director has been announced yet. Though who do you guys think would be a great choice to direct this film? Out of all the exciting black filmmakers out there right now, these are the ones who I’d consider:
Dee ReesNovember 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm #1202667111
Obviously, no director has been announced yet. Though who do you guys think would be a great choice to direct this film? Out of all the exciting black filmmakers out there right now, these are the ones who I’d consider: Lee Daniels Ava DuVernay Barry Jenkins Steve McQueen Dee Rees
No to Daniels lol. I would be curious to see how McQueen or Rees would handle directing a musical.
Here are my early casting choices
Celie – Fantasia, Cynthia Erivo or an Unknown actress
Sophia – Amber Riley, Queen Latifah or Da’vine Joy Randolph
Mister – Keith David, Jamie Foxx or Eddie Murphy
Shug Avery – Janelle Monae, Amirah Vann or Mary J.Blige
Harpo – Elijah Kelley, Luke James or Algee Smith
Nettie – Teyonah Parris, Anna Diop or Danai GuriraNovember 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm #1202667156
I think Janelle Monae could also be an interesting choice as Celie.November 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm #1202667157
Also, for directors, Kasi Lemmons would be an interesting choice, as she previously directed Eve’s Bayou and is currently filming Harriet. Though filming and post-production for that film could make her unavailable, especially if they decide to start shooting this sometime next year.November 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm #1202667159
Janelle Monae has to be Shug!!
“Someone is staring at you in ‘Personal Growth’.”November 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm #1202667187
Thandie Newton would be perfect as Shug. Sofia would have to be someone who is able to play with conviction and vulnerability.
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