Cast of ‘For Colored Girls’ Announced

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am.

bb_coloredgirlsBack in September, we reported that Tyler Perry was set to direct the film version of the Tony-nominated Ntozake Shange play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.  In November, Oprah confirmed with Black Voices that she will play one of the characters — looks like that will not happen.  Black Voices got the list of the official cast:  Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine and Macy Gray.

There are only seven main women (the seven colors of the rainbow) in the play, but this list has nine actresses.  There is no answer on who play what and which of the actresses will be the main ladies.

In addition, it will be interesting to see how Perry adapts the play, which is a collection of 20 poems, into a feature length film.  Audiences might be more engaged if a storyline was mapped out versus reciting poetry.  Nonetheless, this is a brilliant play, we will see how it translates to the big screen.

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Afia B. Said on

I was hoping that my gyrl, ANGELA BASSETT would be part of this production. She is one of my favorite actresses!



jojochicago Said on

Glad Oprah didn’t get a chance to ruin this production! Go Away!



Solomon Krishna Said on

It’s great to see and hear that tyler Perry has taken movies and plays to a whole new level.Also what is whoopi Goldberg doing playing roles reserved for real Black women.She started out strong.None the less it has to be about the almighty dollar.



Bigheart521 Said on

I am so glad that they will start filming this movie, I am hoping that he gets director Lee Daniels on board with this project, I love all of Tyler’s movies but I am hoping that Lee will be able to add a little something to this movie.



Karen Said on

It would be nice to see Angela Bassett in this movie…she is one of my favorites…she reminds me of Cicily Tyson – my all-time favorite.



Miseducation Said on

Hopefully every1 stay in the movie, and no changes are made, because this sound like a movie I would support.



SHORTYCUTE Said on

COOL!! i wana see how this movie gonna come out!!



keke Said on

all i got to say is definitly keep jurnee, kimberly, and kerry



amber Said on

Solomon, how the hell is Whoopi Goldberg NOT a real Black woman?



Nesley Filsaime Said on

Good Morning! What The Flick/ “Cast of ‘For Colored Girls’ Announced”



saheed Said on

check out the novel distribution city its sold on distributioncity.net and amazon i think it should be turned into a movie, really good book.



E lok out Said on

learn to spell!!and SPEAK! TO SHORTYCUTE ?



Wil Said on

When I was a student at The Theatre School at DePaul in the early-mid 90’s we did an awesome production of this play. I worked on the crew. This piece of work changed me as a person. I’m a big fan of African American Literature by female authors. I think many of these books are important pieces of American Literature and Theater. I have to be honest that I’m not happy with Tyler Perry writing and directing this. I don’t want to see, “Tyler Perry Presents, for colourerd girls….” I want to see a good film adaptation. And I’m nervous what will happen if they may out a story. Will Ntozake’s poetry get lost in the mix? Will we lose lines like “I want to push my leg to the stars with you”? The monologue where the Lady in Red talks about when her boyfriend dropped her baby out of the window is exquisite in that she tells and acts out the story at the same time. My advice to Tyler is to find someone else to direct. Get Ntozake to help write the screenplay and make this the most important thing you’ve ever done. This could have the effect “Precious” did if you do it right. If you fail, it will look like a bad movie of the week. Remember how Oprah ruined “Their Eyes Were Watching God”? Please don’t make the same mistake. I respect you, your talent and your success, but this has to be taken seriously. Make sure you hire women with acting chops and not just women who will sell tickets. Seirously, are Mariah and Janet up to this task?? And you don’t have to cast all big names, there are plenty of African American actresses out there who can embody these roles. Please be careful with this piece.



Wil Said on

When I was a student at The Theatre School at DePaul in the early-mid 90’s we did an awesome production of this play. I worked on the crew. This piece of work changed me as a person. I’m a big fan of African American Literature by female authors. I think many of these books are important pieces of American Literature and Theater. I have to be honest that I’m not happy with Tyler Perry writing and directing this. I don’t want to see, “Tyler Perry Presents, for colourerd girls….” I want to see a good film adaptation. And I’m nervous what will happen if they map out a story. Will Ntozake’s poetry get lost in the mix? Will we lose lines like “I want to push my leg to the stars with you”? The monologue where the Lady in Red talks about when her boyfriend dropped her baby out of the window is exquisite in that she tells and acts out the story at the same time. My advice to Tyler is to find someone else to direct. Get Ntozake to help write the screenplay and make this the most important thing you’ve ever done. This could have the effect “Precious” did if you do it right. If you fail, it will look like a bad movie of the week. Remember how Oprah ruined “Their Eyes Were Watching God”? Please don’t make the same mistake. I respect you, your talent and your success, but this has to be taken seriously. Make sure you hire women with acting chops and not just women who will sell tickets. Seirously, are Mariah and Janet up to this task?? And you don’t have to cast all big names, there are plenty of African American actresses out there who can embody these roles. Please be careful with this piece.





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