With the whole lot Jon Batiste has finished — similar to conquer the 2022 Grammy Awards with 5 wins together with Album Of The 12 months, win an Oscar in 2020 for Disney-Pixar’s Soul, and act as bandleader for The Late Present With Stephen Colbert — it’s really laborious to consider he hasn’t appeared in movie but. That’s all about to vary: Batiste will make his performing debut in Blitz Bazawule’s upcoming adaptation of The Colour Purple, the place he'll painting Grady, husband to Shug Avery (performed by Taraji P. Henson).
Based on Selection, Batiste’s Grady is described as “the epitome of allure and eloquence,” which actually sounds up Batiste’s alley.
Different forged members embrace Fantasia Barrino as Celie, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Colman Domingo as Mister, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Younger Nettie, Ciara as Nettie, Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie, David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Tamala J. Mann as First Girl, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Younger Celie, Deon Cole as Alfonso, Stephen Hill as Buster, Louis Gossett Jr. as Ol’ Mister, and Aunjanue Ellis as Mama. The variation relies on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, who will probably be a producer for the movie, and it’s additionally based mostly on the 2005 Broadway musical model.