The Lifetime network has assembled an all-star, A-list group of acting talent for its Steel Magnolias' reboot.
Deadline is reporting that Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye and Rashad’s daughter Condola Rashad will star in the upcoming and much anticipated TV movie version of Steel Magnolias. Queen Latifah will serve as executive producer, Kenny Leon (who helmed the ABC TV movie remake of A Raisin in the Sun) will direct and the script will be penned by Sally Robinson, the writer of Iron Jawed Angels.
The 1989 original feature film, which starred Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts, centered on the friendships of six Louisiana women who support each other through life’s best and worst times. The women congregate at a local beauty shop called Truvy’s to mull over husbands and children, life and death and hair and nails, all topics which bond and cement their sisterhood.
This updated, contemporary version of Steel Magnolias will feature Queen Latifah as M’Lynn, Woodard as Ouiser, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Scott as Truvy, Oduye as Annelle and Condola Rashad as Shelby.
The film is slated to begin production next month in Atlanta and will debut on televison later this year.
Move over The Jacksons: An American Dream and The Temptations, this film has the makings of yet another extremely quotable Black TV movie classic.
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