Lifetime is doing an adaptation with black actors of the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias.” The film begins production in Atlanta next month and will be directed by Atlanta playwright and producer Kenny Leon. Lifetime plans to air the film later this year.
Queen Latifah will play M’Lynn, the role Sally Field played in the original film. The rest of the cast includes Golden Globe and Emmy winner Alfre Woodard as Ouiser (Shirley MacClaine’s role), Phylicia Rashad of “Cosby” fame as Clairee (Olympia Dukakis in the film), Grammy winner Jill Scott as Truvy (Dolly Parton in the film), Adepero Oduye as Annelle (Daryl Hannah in the film) and Condola Rashad as Shelby (Julia Roberts in the film).
Queen Latifah has been spending a lot of time in Atlanta lately. She co-starred in “Joyful Noise” with (coincidentally) Parton. That film was shot locally last year, came out in January and has grossed a respectable $31 million to date. She is also executive producer of VH1’s “Single Ladies,” which is in its second season of production and will return in May. She guest starred on the show last season and there’s certainly a chance she’ll pop up again this season.
For folks unfamiliar with the weepy, it’s about six women in Louisiana who congregate at Truvy’s beauty shop and go through a series of trials and tribulations. The film went on to earn more than $83 million in the movie theaters and is beloved by millions of women (and a fair share of men, too).
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk