Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson Will Be COLORED GIRLS for Tyler Perry

     March 25, 2010


Tyler Perry has his next movie, the sequel Why Did I Get Married Too?, coming out next week, but since the man feels the need to make at least two movies in most years, he’s already well into setting up his next one, and with some really big stars, too.

According to Black Voices, Perry used the occasion of the premiere of Why Did I Get Married Too? to announce that one of that movie’s stars, Janet Jackson, and also Mariah Carey have joined the cast of his next movie, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

The large female ensemble movie based on the play by Ntozake Shange is set to begin shooting in NYC in June for a January 2011 release, and also in the cast will be Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine and Macy Gray. Among Perry’s greatest strengths (and yes, I’ve seen all of the man’s movies) is his ability to write strong, well-rounded parts for women, so this project is one that definitely fits him to perfection.  Hit the jump for more about Perry’s next film.

for_colored_girls_book_cover_01.jpgBased on Ntozake Shange’s award-winning 1975 play, the film is scheduled to shoot in June in New York with a possible winter 2010/ 2011 release date

The riveting play, consisting of a series of poems performed through a cast of nameless women, known only by a color — deal with such subjects as love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, garnered much acclaim, becoming the toast of Broadway when it opened at The Booth Theater in 1976.

It later morphed into an Emmy Award nominated television special and is still being performed around the world.

Elise and Carey are the only two that made the cut from Perry’s initial wish list that he mentioned back in September 2009, which initially included 16-time Grammy Award winner Beyonce Knowles, Academy Award winner Halle Berry and media queen Oprah Winfrey.

“Making a film of ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf’ is a dream come true for me,” Perry said about the project. “Ntozake Shange’s play is a magnificent tribute to the strength and dignity of women of color, and I think audiences of all generations will be able to recognize and embrace the experiences these women represent. Creatively, this movie is one of the most exciting undertakings of my career.”

As previously reported by Black Voices, ‘For Colored Girls’ will be the first project for 34th Street Films, Perry’s new production company, which is housed at Lionsgate.

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