Trailer for Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg’s new musical remake Violet has arrived. American Idol Winner Fantasia plays Celie, reprising her role on Broadway. Watch it below.
In the preview, a young Celie (Phylicia Pearl Mpasi) is separated from her sister Nettie (Halle Bailey) after her marriage to an older man known as Mister (Colman Domingo). Over time, Celie finds strength in the sisterhood of the women she meets, such as jazz singer Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson), Squeak (Hare), and Sophia (Daniel Brooks).
Directed by Blitz Bazawule from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley, Violet Also featuring Corey Hawkins as Harpo, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Mama, and Ciara as Nettie. Louis Gossett Jr., David Alan Grier, Dion Cole, Tamala J. Mann, Stephen Hill, Jon-Baptiste and Elizabeth Marvel also appear.
Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name, Violet It was first adapted as a movie three years later. Produced and directed by Spielberg, it stars Whoopi Goldberg, Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Laurence Fishburne. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Goldberg, and Best Supporting Actress for Winfrey and Margaret Avery. However, she failed to get any awards.
In 2004, it was made into a Tony-nominated musical written by playwright Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Ally Willis. The original Broadway production earned 11 Tony nominations.
Violet It will open in theaters on December 25th.