H.E.R. Set to Star in Film Musical Adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’

By: Alyssa Wilson

Award-winning singer and songwriter H.E.R. will make her acting debut in the film musical The Color Purple 

The adaptation is being directed by Blitz Bazawule, who also directed Beyoncé’s Black Is King. He celebrated the news of H.E.R. joining the team on social media, saying, “Excited to have the AMAZINGLY talented H.E.R. join our Color Purple Journey. Get ready for something magical!” 

The singer has an Oscar for best original song with “Fight For You,” which was featured in Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah. She also has four Grammys, a BET Award, three Soul Train Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and an NAACP Image Award.  

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According to Variety, H.E.R. will play Squeak, who goes from a waitress to an aspiring singer, as played by Rae Dawn Chong in the 1985 film. Tony and Emmy nominated actor Corey Hawkins, who starred in Straight Outta Compton, BlackKkKlansman, Iron Man 3 and In The Heights, will also star in the adaptation.  

The film is being produced under Harpo Films. The studio is owned by Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the 1985 film. Other producers working on the project include Steven Spielberg, who made the first film, and Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, who produced the Broadway musical.  

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The 23-year-old told Variety that she wanted to eventually pursue acting. “There is so much I want to do,” she said. “People don’t really get to see my comedic and fun side, except for when I’m impersonating my aunt. But I definitely want to do a lot more voice overs, and comedy, but also some serious roles.”  

The Color Purple is a fiction novel written by Alice Walker in 1982. The book tells the story of Celie, a Black teenager raised in rural Georgia, as she resists the concepts forced on her by others in her life. The book received a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Its first adaptation, released in 1985, received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Movie and multiple awards for Spielberg and actress Whoopi Goldberg. The Broadway production received a Tony Award and Drama League Award.  

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