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Oprah Winfrey unveils first trailer for The Color Purple with Taraji P. Henson and Fantasia

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The Color Purple executive producer Oprah Winfrey suited up to unveil the first trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning 2005 Broadway musical at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The 69-year-old OWN CEO also served moderator duties in a discussion with director Blitz Bazawule as well as cast members Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Danielle Brooks, and Taraji P. Henson inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Oprah – who underwent double-knee replacement surgery in 2021 – wore a light lavender double-breasted pantsuit over a white unbuttoned blouse and black shiny kitten-heeled booties selected by stylist Annabelle Harron.

Hairstylist Nicole Mangrum coiffed Winfrey’s side-parted raven waves.

The Mississippi-born billionaire wore circular glasses over her fully-contoured complexion applied by make-up artist Derrick Rutledge.

Welcome! The Color Purple executive producer Oprah Winfrey suited up to unveil the first trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures' big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning 2005 Broadway musical at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday

Welcome! The Color Purple executive producer Oprah Winfrey suited up to unveil the first trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning 2005 Broadway musical at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday

Q&A: The 69-year-old OWN CEO also served moderator duties in a discussion with (from L-R) director Blitz Bazawule as well as cast members Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Danielle Brooks, and Taraji P. Henson inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Q&A: The 69-year-old OWN CEO also served moderator duties in a discussion with (from L-R) director Blitz Bazawule as well as cast members Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Danielle Brooks, and Taraji P. Henson inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Oprah famously earned a best supporting actress nod at the Oscars for her breakout performance as the headstrong Sofia in Steven Spielberg’s original 1985 film version, which wound up losing all 11 of its Academy Award nominations.

Both Fantasia and Danielle reprised their respective roles, as Celie Harris Johnson and Sofia, in the musical – which ran 2005-2008 at The Broadway Theatre and 2015-2017 at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Marsha Norman’s play omitted much of the misogyny and abuse Celie suffered at the hand of her husband Albert ‘Mister’ Johnson, which was included in the original film and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 book by Alice Walker.

The 38-year-old Grammy winner flaunted substantial cleavage in a white-knit, single-strapped Hanifa dress selected by stylist Daniel Hawkins.

The 33-year-old Tony nominee opted for a b&w-pleated Sacai skirt with a white unbuttoned blouse beneath a black scoop-neck top and white pumps selected by stylist Jason Rembert.

Of the trio, Danielle is the only one who has shown a glimpse of her Sofia hair and costume on the Atlanta set when she wrapped on July 8.

Brooks – who boasts 2.4M Instagram followers – shared a snap of herself posing with Fantasia and Taraji before they hit the stage, which was captioned: ‘Color Purple girls back together again.’ 

The 52-year-old Oscar nominee – who plays sexy singer Shug Avery – donned a copper-colored Christian Siriano wide-leg pantsuit selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah.

The color purple of course! Oprah wore a light lavender double-breasted pantsuit over a white unbuttoned blouse and black shiny kitten-heeled booties selected by stylist Annabelle Harron

She underwent double-knee replacement surgery in 2021

The color purple of course! Oprah – who underwent double-knee replacement surgery in 2021 – wore a light lavender double-breasted pantsuit over a white unbuttoned blouse and black shiny kitten-heeled booties selected by stylist Annabelle Harron

She's back! Hairstylist Nicole Mangrum coiffed Winfrey's side-parted raven waves

She’s back! Hairstylist Nicole Mangrum coiffed Winfrey’s side-parted raven waves

Ready for her close-up! The Mississippi-born billionaire wore circular glasses over her fully-contoured complexion applied by make-up artist Derrick Rutledge

Ready for her close-up! The Mississippi-born billionaire wore circular glasses over her fully-contoured complexion applied by make-up artist Derrick Rutledge

'All my life I had to fight': Oprah famously earned a best supporting actress nod at the Oscars for her breakout performance as the headstrong Sofia in Steven Spielberg's original 1985 film version, which wound up losing all 11 of its Academy Award nominations

‘All my life I had to fight’: Oprah famously earned a best supporting actress nod at the Oscars for her breakout performance as the headstrong Sofia in Steven Spielberg’s original 1985 film version, which wound up losing all 11 of its Academy Award nominations

Curtain call: Both Fantasia (L) and Danielle (R) reprised their respective roles, as Celie Harris Johnson and Sofia, in the musical - which ran 2005-2008 at The Broadway Theatre and 2015-2017 at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Curtain call: Both Fantasia (L) and Danielle (R) reprised their respective roles, as Celie Harris Johnson and Sofia, in the musical – which ran 2005-2008 at The Broadway Theatre and 2015-2017 at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Baring a shoulder: The 38-year-old Grammy winner flaunted substantial cleavage in a white-knit, single-strapped Hanifa dress

She relies on stylist Daniel Hawkins

Baring a shoulder: The 38-year-old Grammy winner flaunted substantial cleavage in a white-knit, single-strapped Hanifa dress selected by stylist Daniel Hawkins

Schoolgirl chic: The 33-year-old Tony nominee opted for a b&w-pleated Sacai skirt with a white unbuttoned blouse beneath a black scoop-neck top and white pumps selected by stylist Jason Rembert

Schoolgirl chic: The 33-year-old Tony nominee opted for a b&w-pleated Sacai skirt with a white unbuttoned blouse beneath a black scoop-neck top and white pumps selected by stylist Jason Rembert

'It's been life changing': Of the trio, Danielle is the only one who has shown a glimpse of her Sofia hair and costume on the Atlanta set when she wrapped on July 8

‘It’s been life changing’: Of the trio, Danielle is the only one who has shown a glimpse of her Sofia hair and costume on the Atlanta set when she wrapped on July 8 

Winfrey called the new movie musical a ‘celebration of sisterhood’ with ‘magical realism. wholesome family goodness.’

The Emmy and Tony-winning producer told the cast and the 41-year-old Ghanaian filmmaker ahead of the Christmas release: ‘Stay in your body, stay present, and enjoy this beautiful journey.’

‘I started this journey with the upmost respect for you and Alice Walker,’ Blitz (born Samuel) told Oprah – according to THR.

‘At its core it’s about finding your voice, you family, and breaking through obstacles that try to hold you down.’

Taylor told the audience of the heavy subject matter: ‘You will be healed, because I was healed.’

And Taraji said of the source material: ‘This is a fibre of the [African-American] community.’

On April 1, Bazawule concluded post-production on The Color Purple – hitting US theaters on December 25 – which also stars Louis Gossett Jr., Ciara, David Alan Grier, Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, and H.E.R.

Brooks - who boasts 2.4M Instagram followers - shared a snap of herself posing with Fantasia and Taraji (R) before they hit the stage, which was captioned: 'Color Purple girls back together again'

Brooks – who boasts 2.4M Instagram followers – shared a snap of herself posing with Fantasia and Taraji (R) before they hit the stage, which was captioned: ‘Color Purple girls back together again’

Bright as a new penny! The 52-year-old Oscar nominee donned a copper-colored Christian Siriano wide-leg pantsuit selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah

She plays sexy singer Shug Avery in The Color Purple

Bright as a new penny! The 52-year-old Oscar nominee – who plays sexy singer Shug Avery – donned a copper-colored Christian Siriano wide-leg pantsuit selected by styling duo Wayman + Micah

Emcee: Winfrey called the new movie musical a 'celebration of sisterhood' with 'magical realism. wholesome family goodness'

Emcee: Winfrey called the new movie musical a ‘celebration of sisterhood’ with ‘magical realism. wholesome family goodness’

The Emmy and Tony-winning producer told the cast and the 41-year-old Ghanaian filmmaker ahead of the Christmas release: 'Stay in your body, stay present, and enjoy this beautiful journey'

The Emmy and Tony-winning producer told the cast and the 41-year-old Ghanaian filmmaker ahead of the Christmas release: ‘Stay in your body, stay present, and enjoy this beautiful journey’

Blitz (born Samuel) told Oprah:  'I started this journey with the upmost respect for you and Alice Walker. At its core it's about finding your voice, you family, and breaking through obstacles that try to hold you down'

Blitz (born Samuel) told Oprah:  ‘I started this journey with the upmost respect for you and Alice Walker. At its core it’s about finding your voice, you family, and breaking through obstacles that try to hold you down’

Taylor told the audience of the heavy subject matter: 'You will be healed, because I was healed'

Taylor told the audience of the heavy subject matter: ‘You will be healed, because I was healed’

And Taraji said of the source material: 'This is a fibre of the [African-American] community'

And Taraji said of the source material: ‘This is a fibre of the [African-American] community’

Hitting US theaters on December 25! On April 1, Bazawule concluded post-production on The Color Purple - which also stars Louis Gossett Jr., Ciara, David Alan Grier, Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, and H.E.R

Hitting US theaters on December 25! On April 1, Bazawule concluded post-production on The Color Purple – which also stars Louis Gossett Jr., Ciara, David Alan Grier, Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, and H.E.R



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