The Hollywood Reporter reports that Grammy and Oscar-winner H.E.R. has landed an upcoming role in the updated musical film adaptation of the Broadway Tony-award winning play, The Color Purple.
H.E.R. will play Squeak, a waitress who becomes a singer, in this Warner Bros. production.
Director Steven Spielberg originally adapted the play into a movie in 1985. According to Variety, Oprah Winfrey who made her featured film debut in the 1985 production will serve as a producer in the new movie version. Spielberg will also return as a producer.
“There is so much I want to do,” H.E.R. told Variety previously. “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.”
Blitz Bazawule, who previously was behind the Beyonce-fronted Black Is King, will direct this latest production.
The film is expected to debut in December 2023, Complex reported.
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