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In an intimate conversation, Oprah Winfrey talks with actresses Taraji P. Henson (left), Danielle Brooks (center) and Fantasia Barrino (right) about the new adaptation of The Color Purple, including the making of the film and the story’s lasting impact. Photo credit: Harpo / Huy Doan

(Los Angeles, CA) In celebration of the upcoming release of the highly anticipated reimagined film The Color Purple, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will take viewers inside the making of the movie with an all-new star-studded special: OWN CELEBRATES THE NEW COLOR PURPLE, premiering Friday, December 8 at 10pm ET/PT. In this one-hour exclusive event, Oprah Winfrey goes behind the scenes of the movie’s new adaptation, giving audiences an intimate look at the cast, characters and story that has become a cultural phenomenon. 

 Interviews with The Color Purple’s leading actors, including Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R. and Fantasia Barrino who stars as Celie, reveal what went into playing some of the film’s most iconic roles. Additionally, visionary director Blitz Bazawule, acclaimed screenwriter Marcus Gardley, award-winning choreographer Fatima Robinson and celebrated costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck share stories on how they each uniquely reimagined the film. 

 Oprah, who also serves as a producer on the new film, candidly reflects on her role as Sofia in the epic 1985 film, how it changed her life and the rich history and relevance of the story’s themes in today’s world. The must-see special also includes exclusive conversations between Oprah and legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg and The Color Purple author, Alice Walker.  

 On social media, use #TheColorPurple and #PurpleLove to join the conversation and follow OWN on Facebook, X, Instagram and YouTube for exclusive content. Then be sure to find where The Color Purple is playing in a theatre near you HERE starting Christmas Day. And give the gift of The Color Purple – one of Oprah’s Favorite Things this holiday season HERE. 

 OWN CELEBRATES THE NEW COLOR PURPLE is produced for OWN by Harpo Productions. 

 About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network 

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism  of  the  channel.  OWN  is  a  leading  destination  for  premium scripted  and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Warner Bros. Discovery. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs. 

 About The Color Purple Movie 

Warner Bros. Pictures invites you to experience The Color Purple, a bold new take on the classic story of love and resilience. Directed by Blitz Bazawule, the film is produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones. The screenplay is by Marcus Gardley, based on the novel by Alice Walker and the musical stage play, book (of the musical stage play) by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.  

The Color Purple stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Gabriella Wilson “H.E.R.”, Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Fantasia Barrino as Celie in her feature film debut, reprising her 2007 role on Broadway. The film also stars Louis Gossett, Jr., Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara and Jon Batiste. 

 Torn apart from her sister Nettie (Bailey) and her children, Celie (Barrino) faces many hardships in her life, including an abusive husband simply called Mister (Domingo). With the support of sultry singer Shug Avery (Henson) and stand-her-ground stepdaughter Sofia (Brooks), Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood.   


Warner Bros. Pictures Presents an Amblin Entertainment Production, A Harpo Films Production, An SGS Pictures Production/A QJP Production, The Color Purple. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set to open in theaters in North America on December 25, 2023 and internationally beginning 18 January 2024. 

About Warner Bros. Discovery 

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film and streaming. Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel,  discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery, Magnolia Network, Max, TBS, TLC, TNT, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Film Group, Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Games, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery en Español, Hogar de HGTV and others. For more information, please visit www.wbd.com

Last modified: December 5, 2023