Grammy winner Jon Batiste will make his acting debut in an upcoming remake of The Color Purple.
The 35-year-old musician, who received five Grammys from 11 nominations last week, will play Grady in the new Warner Bros. adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, according to US outlets.
The project is being directed by Blitz Bazawule, who co-directed Beyoncé’s Black Is King. Orange Is The New Black’s Danielle Brooks will play Sofia and American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has been cast as Celie.
The film, which is slated to hit theaters in 2023, will also star Taraji P. Henson, HER and Halle Bailey.
Batiste joins the cast having recently received the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year for his 2021 album We Are.
The multi-genre performer also won Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song Gong for Cry, Best Music Video for Freedom, and Best Visual Media Score Soundtrack for the Disney Pixar film Soul 2020
Set in rural Georgia, USA, The Color Purple follows Celie, a poor black woman living in the early 1990s whose dreams are continually shattered by the cruelty of men.
Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film adaptation, both of whom were Oscar nominated for their roles as Celie and Sofia.
A Tony-winning incidental music version was also created of the coming-of-age story, written by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.
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Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders, who produced the Broadway version, will join Spielberg to produce the new theatrical musical.
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