The Color Purple casts Jon Batiste as Grady in its acting debut

Jon Batiste has joined the cast of the upcoming musical film version of The colour purple. According to Variety, Batiste will play Grady in the film. Grady is a pianist who is described as sweet and charming. He is married to Shug Avery (played by Taraji P Henson). Grady was previously played by Ben Guillory in the director Steven Spielberg‘s 1985 film version.

As a musician, Batiste has released several studio albums, including 2005’s times in New Orleans2013 Jazz is nowand 2021 We are. He also won an Oscar for Best Original Score for Pixar’s 2020 film Soul (directed by peter doctor). Joining Grady and Henson in the film will be the one previously announced Fantasy barrino, Danielle Brooks, Coleman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, YOU, Hall Bailey, Ciara, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier, Tamala J Mann, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Deon Cole, Stephen Hill, Louis Gossett Jr.and Aunjanue Ellis.


The film follows Celie (Barrino), a black woman in the American South in the early 20th century who experiences a personal awakening. It is directed by Lightning Bazawule who previously directed 2020 Black is king and 2018 The Burial of Kojo. The screenplay of the film was written by Marcus Gardley. It is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker who will be a producer for the film. It is also based on the 2005 Broadway musical version. Oprah Winfrey will also serve as a producer on the film through her production company, Harpo Films. Winfrey played Sofia in the 1985 film version, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. “We were all blown away by Blitz’s unique vision as a director and look forward to seeing him bring the next evolution of this beloved story to life,” Winfrey said of the upcoming film.

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Also serving as producers on the new film are Spielberg through Amblin Entertainment, Scott Sandersproducer of the 2005 Broadway musical version, and Quincy Jones who produced both the 1985 film and the Broadway musical. He also wrote the score for the 1985 film. Rebekah Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardeni, Kristie Macosko Kriegerand Adam fell will be executive producers for the film. It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Filming on the film began earlier this month.

The colour purple is scheduled for release on December 20, 2023. In the meantime, fans can hear Batiste’s previous work at Pixars Soulcurrently available to stream on Disney+.

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