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Why Oprah and Steven Spielberg might be coming to Savannah & Richmond Hill

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"The Color Purple: The Musical" is being turned into a movie by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, and filming is going to take place in Atlanta, Jekyll Island, Savannah and Richmond Hill.

Now the film is looking for people from all walks of life to participate as extras as well as featured performers. Filming starts March 21 through april 7. All adult cast, crew, talent and extras have to be Covid vaccinated and need a completed card as proof in order to work. Paid Covid testing is required but will be provided.

Some specific roles require individuals who can portray African villagers, African American twin children, and British soldiers. Extras may be asked to work one or multiple dates based on availability, and filming generally is based on a 12 hour day. As for pay, extras will get $110 for up to ten hours plus overtime, and meals are provided.

If you want to be considered, complete a free application at (do not pay for any advertised "active" account upgrades). Email with COLOR PURPLE CASTING CALL in the subject line. Be sure to include your first and last name, phone number, a recent color photo, location where you live, height, weight and clothing size. Use the same email address for more info and any questions.

The Color Purple musical film will feature some of Hollywood’s elite in music and film. Fans can look forward to seeing Taraji P. Henson portraying Shug Avery, Colman Domingo as Mister, Halle Bailey playing the role of Nettie, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, and Fantasia Barrino portraying Celie.

Barrino, who won “American Idol” in 2004, played Celie Harris in a stage production of “The Color Purple” on Broadway in 2007 and in a national stage version that came to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in 2009. Brooks (”Orange is the New Black”) played Sofia in the 2015 revivalwinning a Tony.

Celie begins the musical as meek but grows in strength as she suffers from racism, sexism, incest and domestic abuse in the early 1900s. He signature tune when she espouses her independence from an abusive husband is “I’m Here.”

Oprah Winfrey, who portrayed Sofia in the original film, is one of the film’s executive producers.

The movie is set to shoot through June 17. It’s a film adaptation of the 2005 Broadway musical, which itself was adapted from the 1982 Alice Walker novel and the 1985 movie. In 1983, Eatonton-born Walker became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for the novel.

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