Jon Batiste to debut as actor with musical movie The Color Purple

A number of Grammy-winning singer Jon Batiste will make his function performing debut with The Coloration Purple film musical. The upcoming Warner Bros venture is the function adaptation of writer Alice Walker’s iconic novel, in addition to the Oscar-nominated 1985 movie from Steven Spielberg and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that it impressed.

The story revolves round a girl named Celie Harris, to be performed by newcomer Fantasia Barrino, and tracks her life-long struggles as an African American girl dwelling within the South through the early 1900s.

In line with Selection, Batiste will essay the function of Grady, husband to Taraji P. Henson’s Shug Avery. His character is a debonair, sweet-talking piano man who’s “the epitome of appeal and eloquence”.

The movie’s forged additionally consists of Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Colman Domingo as Mister, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Younger Nettie, Ciara as Nettie, Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie, David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Tamala J. Mann as First Woman, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Younger Celie and Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis as Mama, mom to Celie and Nettie.

Blitz Bazawule, the filmmaker behind Beyonce’s video Black Is King, is ready to direct the trendy tackle the musical. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who made her function performing debut in Spielberg’s The Coloration Purple and earned an Oscar nomination, is producing through her Harpo Movies banner with Spielberg below his Amblin Leisure.

Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, each of whom had been behind the Broadway musical, can even produce. Batiste lately had a giant night time on the 2022 Grammy Awards the place he picked up 5 trophies, together with album of the 12 months for We Are.

In 2020, the musician gained the perfect unique rating prize for Disney-Pixar’s Soul, an honor he shared with fellow composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

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