Tyler Perry unveils Whoopi Goldberg-led ‘Colored Girls’ cast


Atlanta director Tyler Perry had some major casting scoop to share at the red carpet premiere of his new ensemble film, “Why Did I Get Married Too” Monday night in New York City.

The filmmaker told Black Voices that he has finally decided on a cast for his film adaptation of playwright Ntozake Shange‘s classic 1975 choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

Leading the cast, according to Black Voices is Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, Tony winner Phylicia Rashad, “Precious” actress Mariah Carey, singers Janet Jackson and Macy Gray, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Jurnee Smollett.

Atlantans will no doubt be disappointed that Perry’s cast doesn’t include actresses Jasmine Guy and Nichole Ari Parker, who memorably staged “Colored Girls” at Southwest Arts Center here in 2009.

The film is scheduled to shoot this summer. Lionsgate is due to release the flick to theaters in 2011.