The Color Purple is perhaps one of the most beloved stories among Black Americans. Originally a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by famed author Alice Walker, it went on to be adapted into a 1985 hit movie and a Tony Award-winning musical that experienced successful runs on Broadway, London’s West End and on stages all over the world. Now, the property is coming full circle with a film adaptation of the musical that’s packing major star power as showcased in its recently released trailer.
The trailer opens by focusing on the sisterly bond between young Celie (played by Phylicia Pearl Mpasi) and a young Nettie (played by The Little Mermaid’s Halle Bailey). From there, we are led into the sometimes tragic, sometimes joyous story of Celie (with Fantasia reprising the role she once played on Broadway) as she navigates an arduous journey to loving her full self.
As the trailer progresses, we get to meet the many now-iconic characters who both help and hinder her along the way. These include Mister (Colman Domingo), Harpo (Corey Hawkins), Sofia (Danielle Brooks), Squeak (H.E.R. in her film debut) and, of course, Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson). The production is sure to be one for the books and will feature musical numbers that include the piece’s signature number “I’m Here.”
The long-awaited movie musical doesn’t look like it will disappoint when it arrives in theaters on Christmas Day this year. Check out the first official trailer when you press play below.