The Color Purple’s first trailer promises a powerful reimagining of the original film

Two women wearing flowing white dresses sitting together in a patch of mossy land.
Phylicia Mpasi as Celie Harris and Halle Bailey as Nettie Harris | Warner Bros.

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple has been a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, an Oscar award-nominated drama, and a Tony Award-winning musical over the years, and while each of those iterations of the classic story has been unique, the first trailer for Warner Bros.’ upcoming remake makes it seem like it’s going to be a fascinating fusion of them all.

From executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg, and Scott Sanders, Warner Bros.’ new The Color Purple tells the story of Celie (Phylicia Mpasi, Fantasia Barrino) and Nettie Harris (Halle Bailey, Ciara Wilson), two sisters whose traumatic lives are profoundly upended when Nettie’s forced to run away in search of a better life as a teenager. Time and distance separate the…

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