After touchdown the titular function in The Little Mermaid, Halle Bailey is booked on her subsequent film musical.

One half of the “Chloe x Halle”, Halle Bailey is tapped to play the enduring younger Nettie on the brand new upcoming movie adaptation of “The Shade Purple”.

In response to producer Oprah Winfrey, who was additionally on the 1985 model of the movie, one of many causes she solid Bailey is as a result of “She’s any individual whose presence you may really feel in her absence”.

The Little Mermaid actress joins an already star-studded solid, together with Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Dannielle Brooks as Sofia, and Fantasia Barrino, Celie, who performs the lead, assumed the function on the Unique 2005 Broadway manufacturing in 2008.

The solid additionally consists of In The Top’s Corey Hawkins, and Grammy-winner H.E.R. taking part in the mistress/waitress Squeak.

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On getting Halle Bailey

Vainness Honest stories that Halle Bailey’s function, Nettie, is Fantasia Barrino’s Cellie’s sister.

In response to Winfrey, Nettie is a “important character” within the movie because it wants “any individual who may be felt even when not onscreen”.

She additionally identified that Halle Bailey’s Nettie’s reminiscence, feeling, and power transcends, even when “you are solely listening to her voice from her letters”.

Casting Broadway mainstays

Oprah, who will probably be producing this upcoming movie adaptation of “The Shade Purple”, revealed the casting decisions final Thursday at Soul of Nation.


She solid Fantasia Barrino as Celie, the lead character.

Winfrey believed that Fantasia possesses a “rawness and a vulnerability” wanted for Celie. “I feel we’re gonna see a facet of Fantasia that nobody ever imagined.”, Oprah continued.

In the meantime, Danielle Brooks will reprise her function of Sofia, whom she performed on Broadway’s 2015 revival, incomes her a Tony nod for Finest Featured Actress in a Musical.

However, Taraji Henson was solid because the daring Shrug Avery. In response to Oprah, Henson embodied the “sense of sexiness and bodaciousness however grounded in knowledge” that they’re in search of Celie’s function mannequin, Shrug Avery.

The story of The Shade Purple chronicles the lives of quite a few Black girls, together with Celie and Nettie Harris, Shug Avery, and Miss Millie, as they navigate life within the Nineteen Thirties Southern United States of America.

Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg will produce “The Shade Purple”, directed by Bazawule, who labored with Beyoncé on the “Black Is King” movie.

The much-anticipated musical movie will hit theatres on December 20, 2023.

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