‘The Color Purple’ Trailer: Fantasia Gets The Spotlight In Stylish, Musical Adaptation Of Beloved Classic

Do we really need a new version of The Color Purple? That was the inevitable question when word broke that Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey were teaming up on an adaptation of Alice Walker’s beloved, award-winning novel. The 1985 movie is an unquestioned classic with multiple Oscars and holds up incredibly well today. But one look at the trailer for director Blitz Bazawule’s stylish, musical vision and it’s clear that yes, we do need another one that promises to tell this harrowing story for a new generation of fans.

American Idol winner Fantasia takes the lead role as Celie, an African-American woman in the early 1900s as she struggles to find her independence in the face of unimaginable hardship and cruelty.

Joining Fantasia in the cast are Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor.

As seen in the trailer, it draws inspiration from the hit Broadway musical, with all of the snazzy production and performances.  The Color Purple arrives this Christmas when it is expected to be a huge family hit over the holidays.