Taraji P. Henson signs on as Shug Avery in Blitz Bazawule’s musical adaptation of The Color Purple


Taraji P. Henson signs on to star as Shug Avery in Blitz Bazawule’s musical adaptation of The Color Purple










Taraji P. Henson signed on to star as Shug Avery in a musical adaptation of The Color Purple, according to Variety.

The 51-year-old actress will take on the role of the flamboyant blues singer who was first played on the big screen by Margaret Avery in the 1985 film from Steven Spielberg.

The new Warner Bros. movie is an adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, which is a reworking of Alice Walker’s original Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Star power: Taraji P. Henson signed on to star as Shug Avery in a musical adaptation of The Color Purple, according to Variety

The 51-year-old actress will take on the role of the flamboyant blues singer who was first played on the big screen by Margaret Avery in the 1985 film from Steven Spielberg; seen in the '85 flick

The 51-year-old actress will take on the role of the flamboyant blues singer who was first played on the big screen by Margaret Avery in the 1985 film from Steven Spielberg; seen in the ’85 flick

Dailymail.com has contacted Taraji’s representatives for comment. 

Blitz Bazawule, who directed Beyonce’s Black is King, The Burial of Kojo and Cherish the Day, signed on to direct the musical performance.

Oprah Winfrey’s HarpoFilms is producing the new movie, while Spielberg gets production credits through his Amblin Entertainment.

Big time: Blitz Bazawule, who directed Beyonce's Black is King, The Burial of Kojo and Cherish the Day, signed on to direct the musical performance

Big time: Blitz Bazawule, who directed Beyonce’s Black is King, The Burial of Kojo and Cherish the Day, signed on to direct the musical performance

In the family: Oprah Winfrey's HarpoFilms is producing the new film. She made her big-screen debut as Sofia in the first movie which earned her an Academy Award nomination; seen above

In the family: Oprah Winfrey’s HarpoFilms is producing the new film. She made her big-screen debut as Sofia in the first movie which earned her an Academy Award nomination; seen above

Marcus Gardley has written the screenplay for the film, that was specifically adapted from the Broadway musical which first debuted in 2005 and ran for three years.

After a seven-year hiatus, the performance returned to the stage in 2015 with showings through 2017. The production earned two Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Revival of a Musical.

Jennifer Hudson, Michelle Williams, Heather Headley, Elisabeth Withers, Angela Robinson and Nicola Hughes have each taken on the role in productions of the stage musical.

Best in the biz: Taraji recently stunned audiences with her singing chops when she played the role of orphanage owner Miss Hannigan in the Annie Live! musical

Best in the biz: Taraji recently stunned audiences with her singing chops when she played the role of orphanage owner Miss Hannigan in the Annie Live! musical

Taraji recently stunned audiences with her singing chops when she played the role of orphanage owner Miss Hannigan in the Annie Live! musical.

‘Playing the villain is always fun. … With Miss Hannigan, there is so much to work with and dig deeper into,’ she told PEOPLE last year. It’s just such a fun and iconic character to play.’ 

Henson will join In The Heights star Corey Hawkins, and Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist H.E.R. in the film’s ensemble.