We have to admit, we weren’t among those jumping with excitement when we discovered Tyler Perry, a man known for his comedic stage plays and film versions, was taking on the transformative work that is Ntozake Shange’s classic stageplay For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. But as time gets closer to Perry’s big screen adaptation, there is a streak of anticipation running through our quarter-life bones.
Variety reports that the film, originally scheduled for January 2011, will be moved up to November 5.
The movie stars a sweeping all-star cast including Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Macy Gray, and Tessa Thompson.
Some reports are suggesting there is early Oscar buzz, particularly for the performances of Anika Noni Rose, and on Tyler Perry himself who familiarized himself with the coveted voting community as a producer for last year’s “Precious.” The film’s new early release date will place in it the running for 2011 Oscar consideration.
“For Colored Girls” will be the first project from Perry’s new production company, 34th Street Films, which is housed at Lionsgate.
We can’t wait for the trailer to drop! What do you think about Perry’s film version? Are you checking it out at theaters?