Ciara Wilson confirmed that she is joining “The Color Purple” musical remake. Both Ciara and Halle will be playing Nettie. Halle Bailey will portray young Nettie. Wilson will portray the older Nettie. The Color Purple Musical is produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, the latter of which starred in the 1985 film.
The musical will explore Celie’s life after leaving Mister, featuring scenes of Nettie reuniting with her sisters in Africa.
The “Goodies” singer shared the exciting news about Nettie’s role on her Instagram story.
Over the photo, she wrote, “Honored to be a part of this beautiful ensemble and historic film, ‘The Color Purple.’ Truly grateful.”
Fans in the comments had mixed reviews about Ciara and Halle Portraying Nettie.
In particular to Ciara Wilson, one fan said, “Yes! She’s going to body this.” Another wrote, “Where can I get tickets? O.M.G.!”
On the other hand, few fans questioned the singer’s vocals strength compared to her co-stars, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, and Grammy and Oscar-winning singer H.E.R.
Alternatively, one fan said, “Y’all be saying, ‘Oh Ciara can’t sing.. listen to some of her ballads sis can definitely BLOW!”
Another said, “Nettie?? No. I’m honestly annoyed by this casting.” Someone else asked, “Why can’t Halle play an older version of herself? I mean she is about 23.”
However, we know Ciara is capable of putting on a show. Although, this is a little different from her norm, most fans think she will body it.
Ciara has also had roles in “All You’ve Got,” “That’s My Boy,” and BET’s “The Game.” The singer portrayed the adult version of her character Amara Winter, in the 2010 musical drama “Mama, I Want to Sing!” alongside Lynn Whitfield and Patti Labelle.
However, a handful of dedicated fans are still looking forward to seeing the Grammy-winning singer in another musical.
“It probably would do good!” said one individual. “Y’all said the same thing about Prince of Bel-Air, and it turned out good.” Another also wrote, “Congrats to her. She stays booked and busy. I know y’all haters are fuming.”
The Color Purple” remake also stars Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Louis Gossett Jr., David Alan Grier, Tamela J. Mann, Deon Cole, and Stephen Hill. The original 1985 film was created from Alice Walker’s 1982 novel and focused on Whoopi Goldberg’s character Celie.