Taraji P. Henson will star in ‘The Color Purple’.
The 51-year-old actress will star as Shug Avery in the musical version of Blitz Bazawule from Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film of the same name.
The next film from Warner Bros. is an adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical, which is itself an adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel.
The production will be directed by Blitz – known for his work on Beyonce’s “Black is King” – and Marcus Gardley wrote the screenplay based on Walker’s book, Spielberg’s film and the musical.
Oprah Winfrey, who made her acting debut in Spielberg’s adaptation, is producing the new film under her Harpo Films banner. The “Jaws” director is also returning to produce for his company Amblin Entertainment.
Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones – who both produced the Broadway musical – are also involved as the film’s producers.
Taraji joins previously announced cast members Corey Hawkins and award-winning singer HER on the set of the film ahead of its scheduled December 2023 release.
Meanwhile, Taraji once revealed that she always knew she wanted to be an actress and never hesitated on the career path she chose.
When asked if she considered looking for a more stable profession, the ‘Empire’ actress replied, “Never. Time was passing. I was in my twenties and you weren’t scared back then. “I was waiting for my chance. I didn’t care what it was, I was just hungry. When my dad was alive, he wouldn’t allow me to quit. It wasn’t an option.”
“Once I had my son, I realized that if I quit, I taught him to quit. There were times when I was scared and my dad was there to defend me, like, ‘Here good, because you don’t see what I see, it’s coming He had seen my plays, he knew my talent My mother and my aunt sent me money There was no space to stop .