By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 21, 2012 at 2:08PM
Production for the all-black cast remake of the 1989 tear jerker drama set in Louisiana, Steel Magnolias, is well underway Altanta, GA.
Given that they are the stars of the project, the actresses who'll be headlining the project have already been announced: Queen Latifah (she's also executive producer) as M'Lynn, Alfre Woodard as Ouiser, Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Jill Scott as Truvy, Adepero Oduye as Annelle and Rashad’s daughter, Condola Rashad as Shelby.
The original Steel Magnolias starred Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts.
But what about the fellas? I haven't seen any official announcements (although that happens) revealing who'll be playing Jackson, Sammy and Spud (roles originated by Dylan McDermott, Kevin J. O'Connor and Sam Shepard respectively), and there likely won't be any.
But thanks to a tweet by Lance Gross with the above set photo, I was able to determine that Gross (who's in the photo on the far right), along with Tory Kittles (also above) are in the Lifetime movie, starring as Sammy and Jackson. Condola Rashad and Adepero Oduye are the two ladies in the photo with them.
And after a little further digging, I learned that Michael Beasley is also onboard, playing the role Sam Shepard played in the first movie - Spud.
As previously noted, I haven't watched the original 1989 movie, although I plan to do so sometime this weekend, and so I can't tell you how involved each of these male characters was in that film, or make any guesses as to how much they will be used in this all-black remake.
I know many of you have seen the original, so fell free to chime in.
Lance gross is likely the most familiar of the 3 dudes; Tory Kittles has done lots of TV and film work, like Sons Of Anarchy and Miracle At St Anna. He may not be instantly recognized, but he's busy; the same goes for Michael Beasley (Magic City, American Reunion).
This all-black reincarnation for Lifetime is being directed by Kenny Leon (ABC's A Raisin in The Sun, Broadway's Fences and The Mountaintop), from a script adapted from the 1989 film screenplay by Sally Robinson..