Jon Batiste Will Make His First Acting Debut In Remake of ‘The Color Purple’

Jon Batiste Will Make His First Acting Debut

Jon Batiste will make his acting debut in the remake of ‘The Color Purple’. Batiste hauled home five trophies at the 64th Grammys, including Album of the Year for We Are. He went into the night with 11 nominations and ended up with Album of the Year. The film is directed by Blitz Bazawule.

Batiste is set to portray Grady, husband to Shug Avery (played by Taraji P. Henson). The debonair, sweet-talking piano man is described as “the epitome of charm and eloquence.”

Batiste will play the role of Grady, husband to Shug Avery (played by Taraji P. Henson). The debonair, sweet-talking piano man is described as “the epitome of charm and eloquence.” The full ensemble boasts Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Henson as Shug Avery, Colman Domingo as Mister, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Young Nettie, Ciara as Nettie, Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie, David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Tamala J. Mann as First Lady, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Young Celie, Deon Cole as Alfonso, Stephen Hill as Buster, Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. as Ol’ Mister and recent Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis as Mama, mother to Celie and Nettie.

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The film is an adaptation of Alice Walker’s iconic American novel, as well as the Oscar-nominated 1985 film by Steven Spielberg and the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that it inspired. Oprah Winfrey, who made her feature acting debut in that movie, is producing the new project under her Harpo Films banner; Spielberg also returns to produce for his Amblin Entertainment.

Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, both of whom produced the Broadway musical, are also producers. Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Mara Jacobs, Carla Gardini, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Adam Fell are executive producers.

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Elina Raven is an author and content writer for maxblizz. Elina completed her graduation in MA Screen Production - Screenwriting and Documentary at the University Of the West Of England, Bristol.

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