H.E.R. has nabbed GRAMMYs and an Oscar for her musical output, but now she is set to expand her creative footprint by venturing into acting.
And her first role is slated to be a big one.
Because the talented star is reportedly the latest name to join ‘The Color Purple.’
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Initially a book, ‘Purple’ was adapted by Steven Spielberg into an Academy award-winning movie in 1985; thereafter it hit Broadway as a Tony-winning musical.
The new incarnation of the classic story fuses both formats, in that Warner Bros is remaking the film as a musical movie.
According to Deadline, H.E.R. has been tapped to play Squeak. Her character (which was originally played by Rae Dawn Chong in the Spielberg film) goes from a juke joint waitress to an aspiring singer.
Word is that the starlet is in discussions to deliver an original song for the film, which would be apt given that her Oscar win was for Best Original Song for ‘Fight for You’ – her contribution to ‘Judas and the Black Messiah.’
Blitz Bazawule, one of the filmmakers behind Beyonce‘s ‘Black Is King’, is set to direct.