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Oprah Winfrey Calls ‘The Purple Color’ A ‘Bold New Take On The Beloved Classic’; Watch Trailer

The Color Purple will be releasing in cinemas on Christmas 2023.

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The Color Purple trailer out.
The Color Purple trailer out. (Image: Screengrab from video shared by Instagram/OprahWinfrey)

The much-awaited trailer of the Broadway musical adaptation film The Color Purple was released by Warner Bros. on Monday. Popular American TV show host Oprah Winfrey took to her social media account to share the trailer with her followers on Instagram.

The caption of Oprah Winfrey’s post read, “The Color Purple, a bold new take on the beloved classic, will be in theaters Christmas Day.” Watch trailer here:

According to Deadline, The Color Purple is based on the Tony-winning musical from Norman, Brenda Lee, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, which was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Alice Walker. It comes on the heels of a classic 1985 film adaptation from director Steven Spielberg and centers on Celie, a Black Southern woman who struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over the course of forty years.

The Color Purple stars Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Elizabeth Marvel, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Danielle Brooks, along with H.E.R, Coleman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Louis Gossett Jr. and David Alan Grier. Marcus Gardley, Alice Walker, and Marsha Norman have penned the screenplay for the film.

Several social media users took to the comments section of Oprah Winfrey’s post to react to the trailer. One user wrote, “I don’t think this movie needed a remake. I don’t see how it could have been improved upon… I’ll see it in theaters but instead of remaking movies that aged well how about in the future we fix the movies that bombed… or better yet come up with something new!”

Another comment read, “Your name wasn’t even on the poster when the movie came out—and now it’s the first name on the trailer. We could WEEP.”

The Color Purple is an epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker that was published in 1982 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983. In 1985, filmmaker Steven Spielberg made a film on the same name based on Alice Walker’s novel, which turned out to become a turning point in his career. The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Goldberg, Best Supporting Actress for both Avery and Winfrey, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Color Purple went on to make its Broadway debut in 2005 and earned eleven Tony nominations in June 2006. It ran till 2008.

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