Star Halle Bailey is set to go under the sea this week as Ariel in the live-action Little Mermaid, but she’s also appearing in the musical remake of Steven Spielberg’s classic The Color Purple.
Just in, we have our first trailer for the film, and it teases a story about sisters that spans multiple generations. Check this out:
The movie is based on the musical stage play by Marsha Norman which was based on the book by Alice Walker. Besides Bailey, the movie also stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Fantasia Barrino.
For context, here’s the trailer for Spielberg’s The Color Purple which came out back in 1985:
I guess it’s also worth noting that Spielberg himself is attached as a producer for the film, as well as Oprah Winfrey who had acted in Spielberg’s movie. This time, however, directing duties go over to Blitz Bazawule.
The Color Purple is a movie that admittedly falls under a lot of people’s radars, but it’s still considered to be a classic that tackles some very serious subject matter. With the musical element added, this should add a new flavor to the classic story. After West Side Story, who knew that Spielberg actually had a penchant for musicals after all this time.
The Color Purple premieres in theaters on Dec. 25. You can catch Bailey this week when The Little Mermaid comes into cinemas May 26.