Cast of ‘For Colored Girls’ AnnouncedPublished by Clay Cane on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am.
Back 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.