After Corey Hawkins was the first cast member announced for the Warner Bros.’ upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple‘s Broadway musical, another star has been added.
Oscar and Grammy winner H.E.R., aka Gabriella Wilson, is in final negotiations to also star in the film. It will mark the major acting debut for the singer, who won an Oscar for “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah. Black Is King director Blitz Bazawule is helming the pic.
According to The Hollywood Reporter in their exclusive breaking news report, H.E.R. will play Squeak, the role played by Rae Dawn Chong in the first film. Hawkins is eyed to be Harpo.
As reported back in August, producers Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones went with Bazawule after seeing his film, The Burial Of Kojo, on Netflix.
“We were all blown away by Blitz’s unique vision as a director and look forward to seeing how he brings the next evolution of this beloved story to life,” Winfrey said in a prior statement.
Marcus Gardley is adapting the screenplay, based on the Broadway version of Alice Walker’s seminal novel. The Broadway musical first debuted in 2005, getting 11 Tony nominations. LaChanze won a Tony for her role as Celie. In the 2015 revival, it picked up four other nods, including one for Cynthia Erivo.
The film adaptation of the musical is set to be released on December 21, 2023.