Produced by Oprah Winfrey under her Harpo Films umbrella and directed by Blitz Bazawule, known for his work on Beyoncé’s "Black is King," she landed the role of Squeak, who goes from a waitress in a juke joint to an aspiring singer in the musical, and was played by Rae Dawn Chong in the Oscar-nominated 1985 film.
She will join actor Corey Hawkins who was recently added to the cast.
In an interview with Variety, the singer-songwriter expressed her desire to act and talked about the various roles she hoped to play in the future.
“There is so much I want to do. People don’t really get to see my comedic and fun side, except for when I’m impersonating my aunt,” she said. “But I definitely want to do a lot more voice-overs, and comedy, but also some serious roles—I’m trying to do it all, I know. Whatever it is, one thing at a time. I’m gonna get there.”
Steven Spielberg, who directed the original film, is a producer, along with Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders both of whom produced the Broadway musical. Alice Walker, who wrote the novel in 1983, Rebecca Walker, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Carla Gardini and Mara Jacobs are executive producers.
The screenplay is being penned by Marcus Gardley, which was adapted from Marsha Norman’s book and Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray’s score.The Color Purple is set to be released on December 20, 2023.