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The Color Purple Musical Movie Casts King Richard Star Aunjanue Ellis

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  • Posted on 08th Apr, 2022 19:30 PM

The Color Purple movie musical has officially cast acclaimed Oscar-nominated King Richard star Aunjanue Ellis for the role of "Mama."

p>The Color Purple musical movie has officially cast King Richard star Aunjanue Ellis. More famously known as the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple was originally published in 1982. The novel quickly became world renowned and resonated deeply with readers across the world for its accurately haunting description of the generational trauma inflicted upon African American women - specifically during the 1900s, in the deep South.

The Color Purple follows the character of Celie, a poor, un-educated, fourteen-year-old living in rural Georgia. She was forced to assume the role as a housewife from the moment of her conception. Therefore, she was never even given the opportunity of receiving an education and was illiterate as a result. Celie's abusive father ends up selling her off as a wife to another, somehow, even more abusive man. Celie, despite never receiving formal education, begins to teach herself how to read and write in order to keep in touch with her younger sister, Nettie, as the two become pen-pals.

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She also begins to write letters to god in order to help her heal and release the intense trauma and abuse she has endured throughout her life. Due to the novel’s critical acclaim and success, it quickly became adapted into a feature film in 1985, directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg. However, in 2018 it was suddenly announced that a brand-new film adaptation of the musical version of The Color Purple was officially in development, with Spielberg is set to produce. Now, director Blitz Bazawule took to Twitter to reveal to fans that Ellis has officially joined the cast of The Color Purple musical movie.

window.arrayOfEmbeds["1511792686025654279"] = {'embedded_twitter' : '"<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Excited to welcome the incredible Aunjanue Ellis to &#39;The Color Purple Musical&#39; cast. Truly an honor. <br>\ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udfff\ud83d\udc9c <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/RVAC5ePC7c\">pic.twitter.com\/RVAC5ePC7c<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Blitz Bazawule (@BlitzAmbassador) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/BlitzAmbassador\/status\/1511792686025654279?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">April 6, 2022<\/a><\/blockquote>\n\n"'};

According to IMDB, Ellis will be portraying the role of Mama in the film, joining co-stars Halle Bailey, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, and Corey Hawkins. The Color Purple will be adapted from the Broadway stage musical version of the story, which earned eleven Tony Award nominations alone in 2006. The upcoming film will also be produced by Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the original 1985 flick. The movie will be director Bazawule's American feature film debut, with the screenplay written by Marcus Gardley.

Warner Brothers Pictures is in charge of the distribution of the movie alongside Amblin Entertainment - both previously collaborated for the first film as well. Due to the story’s critical acclaim and strong fanbase, the film has some big shoes to fill. Winfrey has reassured fans that she and the producers “were all blown away by Blitz's unique vision as a director.” Ellis has attracted lots of critical acclaim and attention herself for her role as the mother of the iconic Williams sisters. Now, she will be taking on a similar maternal figure role and will have the chance to debut some of her singing skills in The Color Purple musical movie.

The Color Purple (2023) is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 20, 2023.

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Source: Blitz Bazawule/Twitter

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