Walking Dead universe actors Colman Domingo (Rustin) and Corey Hawkins (The Last Voyage of the Demeter) star in the new The Color Purple musical adaptation. The film is directed by Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, who also directed Beyoncé's Black is King.
Alice Walker's coming-of-age period drama novel has previously been adapted for the screen by
Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones in 1985, with both returning to produce for the new version.
Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey, who produced the stage adaptation, serve as producers for the new movie. Winfrey also starred in the 1985 movie as Sofia.
The new movie, released in theaters on Christmas Day 2023, isn't a direct copy of the stage production and includes elements from the novel and the first film, with the screenplay written by Marcus Gardley. Domingo portrays Mister, played by Danny Glover in the first film, with Hawkins as his son Harpo, originally played by Willard E. Pugh.
The ensemble cast includes Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Ciara, Louis Gossett, Jr., David Alan Grier, Aunjanue Ellis, Deon Cole, Elizabeth Marvel and Jon Batiste.
The Color Purple has already received postive reviews as well as Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations.
The Color Purple trailer
Domingo also stars in the Netflix original Rustin, which tells of activist Bayard Rustin's role in organizing the March on Washington in 1963. Bayard would be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
Hawkins most recently starred in the horror film The Last Voyage of the Demeter, an adaptation of one chapter from Bram Stocker's Dracula, “The Captain’s Log.”