The Color Purple will be heading back to the big screen, with Taraji P Henson the latest to join the growing ensemble.

It feel like an increasingly trodden road, the one that takes a movie to the stage of Broadway and then back to being a movie again. Back when the likes of Hairspray and The Producers did it, it felt like a novelty. Now, less so.

Which brings us to The Color Purple, which has now gone from book (Alice Walker’s 1982 novel), film (the Steven Spielberg-directed 1985 movie), to Broadway, and now Blitz Bazawule is directing the movie of the show.

Furthermore, the casting is coming together for the film. Taraji P Henson is the latest to join the ensemble, alongside Corey Hawkins and H.E.R.

Marcus Gardley has written the script, adapting the theatre book penned by Marsha Norman, and the score from Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

Filming is likely to begin later this year. More on the project as we hear it.

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