To mark his 41st birthday this week, Atlanta director Tyler Perry debuted the first trailer for his adaptation of “For Colored Girls.”
Writes Perry on his website: “I’m in quiet meditation and reflection. So many things to be grateful for. Thank you.”
At the end of the email, he posted a link to the powerful trailer and included a link for fans to share feedback.
Remarkably, the film shot here and in New York City this summer will debut in theatres November 5, two full months ahead of its original MLK Holiday weekend release in January.
We’re hearing that Perry’s distributor Lionsgate was so dazzled by Perry’s film treatment of Obie-winning playwright Ntozake Shange‘s classic theater piece, they pushed up the release date in hopes of attracting Oscar buzz.
Perry isn’t one to play favorites with the leading ladies who make up his ensemble cast either. Each actress: Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Phylicia Rashad and Macy Gray, all get their own individual movie poster as well.
A dynamic rendition of Nina Simone‘s “Four Women” percolates through the preview with Simone’s voice used at the trailer’s conclusion.
The trailer more than lives up to the the level of drama we witnessed on the “Colored Girls”set this summer as Devine, Jackson, Rashad and Goldberg shot an emotionally harrowing scene at a hospital ER.
In case you missed it, here’s a link to our Perry “For Colored Girls” set visit column.