The Color Purple confirms streaming release date

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The Color Purple, starring Fantasia Barrino, Ciara and Halle Bailey, has confirmed its US streaming release date.

Blitz Bazawule's musical reimagining of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will make its streaming debut on US-based site Max on February 16.

US-based fans can also pick up The Color Purple on Amazon, with the film currently available to rent or buy for $19.99 and $24.99 respectively in standard, HD and Ultra HD.

Fans in the UK will have to wait a little while longer, however, with confirmation of the film's digital release yet to be confirmed.

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Bazawule's adaptation follows the story of Celie Harris, a Black woman residing in the American South during the early 1900s.

Barrino stars as Celie (with Phylicia Mpasi playing the younger version of the character), while Celie's younger sister Nettie is played by Bailey and later Ciara. Barrino previously played Celie in the Broadway musical version in 2007.

The film also features Colman Domingo as Celie's abusive husband alongside Taraji P Henson as Shug Avery, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Mama.

Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey – who directed and starred in the 1985 movie respectively – both served as producers for the film, while Whoopi Goldberg, who played Celie in the 1985 version, also makes a brief cameo in the film alongside Mpasi's young Celie.

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Meanwhile, Winfrey (who played Sofia in Spielberg's version) recently revealed she had considered making a cameo appearance herself, but ultimately decided against it as she thought it would be too "distracting" for viewers.

"It would've been good in the church scene," she told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "but I thought it would also be distracting when Sofia is getting married that if the old original Sofia was just one of the people in the church."

The Color Purple is now out in cinemas.

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