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Watch First Trailer For 'Steel Magnolias' All-African American Cast Remake

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 2, 2012 7:57 PM
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Steel Magnolias

First announced back in October 2011, a remake of the 1989 tear jerker drama set in Louisiana, Steel Magnolias, with an all-African American cast that includes: 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 FieldDolly PartonShirley MacLaineDarryl HannahOlympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts.

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.

Supporting each other through their triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy’s beauty shop to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children - and hair and nails - all the important topics that bring women together.

No ETA date yet, but I suspect it'll debut in the fall.

Lance GrossTory Kittles and Michael Beasley co-star.

We've shared at least one behind-the-scenes featurette. Here's the first official trailer for the film:

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  • Jessica | September 17, 2012 6:02 PMReply

    Not ok. I want to do an all white remake of Roots.

  • ALM | July 5, 2012 9:51 PMReply

    Looks like it will be good. As a life long Southerner, I don't know about those accents.....they are exaggerated.

  • CareyCarey | July 4, 2012 10:31 PMReply

    @ ROBOCOP, if you cannot define, and/or find the reasoning behind your indifference with Jill Scott's acting, who can? But I have a few "headsup" words of wisedom. I would suggest that you take another look at Ms. Scott's performance in HBO's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Also, look at her performances in Tyler Perry's two "Why Did I Get Marrid" films. Now, by all means, keep and open & free mind, b/c peope "get" what they are looking for. That reminds me, @ LeonRaymond, when will the senseless debate on rappers/singers vs. "trained actors", ever find a resting place? It's senseless for the most part because the words "rapper" and "singer" are merely titles given to those who sing and rap. They are not inclusive of the overall talents of said singers and rappers. More importantly, those in question are -- in many cases -- seasoned professional entertainers. They ( singers & rappers) have honed the necessary skills to perform in front of others, which is nothing to sneeze at and nothing to take lightly. In fact -- in many cases -- their level of expertise, and "experience" in performing in-front of crowds (and the camera), trumps that of so-called "trained actors". So I truely do not understand the beef? Heck, look at the following names. Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte, Justin Timberlake, Andre 3000, Mark Wahlberg (who also holds the title of convicted felon), Diana Ross, Garrett Morris ( SNL and The Jamie Fox Show, trained at the Juilliard School of Music. Also, early in his career, he soloed with the Harry Belafonte singers), Ethel Waters, and least we forget the fly girl, Jennifer Lynn Lopez. All the above started their careers defined as, either or, a singer/rapper/criminal/dancer/performer etc, but that didn't stop them from becoming decent (and sometimes exceptional) actors. In short, LeonRaymond, a title does not walk the talk, so what's the gist of your beef?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 4, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Next up, an all-white remake of "The Women of Brewster Place." lol

  • Akimbo | July 3, 2012 5:06 PMReply

    Looks good. I don't know about Queen La pulling off this role, but I agree with others below, Alfre is going to kill Ouiser!

  • Nicole | July 3, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    I was "meh" when I first heard about this remake. Steel Magnolias is one of my all-time faves and I didn't want anybody tampering with it. But I think I actually want to see this.

  • Vanessa | July 3, 2012 8:50 AMReply

    I'm most excited by Alfre Woodard playing Ouiser. She's going to tear it up!

  • Shanea | July 3, 2012 8:56 AM

    I'm with you Vanessa. I'm excited about Alfre as well!

  • LeonRaymond | July 3, 2012 2:05 AMReply

    I think there are more effective Black women led sagas that can be told in a different way, I mean I will watch it at some point , but I just wish the hair thing was not so prominent and i guess I am the only who sees the singer slash or rapper slash actors were deep in this project. I think there are also some strong Black actors out there with out always going to that well. But I applaud them making it in a industry that hates the color of our skin and a culture that does everything as it relates to us based on color alone in which we are always defined by color!!!

  • ok | July 3, 2012 12:08 AMReply

    what's the purpose of this?

  • Cordell | July 2, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    Looks good. Glad to see Latifah doing some worthy projects.

  • Robocop | July 2, 2012 8:39 PMReply

    i dont know why but jillscott threw me off, i LOVE her as a singer, but I can always "see" her acting, she doesnt come off as natural

  • Nakisha | July 2, 2012 8:23 PMReply

    The trailer had me teary eyed. What an amazing cast! LOVE it!

  • D.C. Kirkwood | July 2, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    Loved It!!! I will be tuning in. Cant wait.

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