The Colour Purple movie musical has enlisted Ciara’s platinum-certified vocal chops, EW reports.
The outlet says that the “Goodies” and “Level Up” performer has joined the cast of producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming film adaptation of The Colour Purple musical stage production. The 36-year-old will star as the adult version of Nettie, with fellow recording artist and The Little Mermaid actress Halle Bailey previously announced as portraying the younger version of the character.
Ciara joins the production following a successful career in pop and R&B music, with seven full-length albums, including her 2004 debut. She has appeared in three major movie roles: MTV’s All You’ve Got, the musical Mama, I Want to Sing!, and the 2012 Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy. She also had a recurring role on season 6 of the BET sitcom The Game.
With production set to begin this month in Georgia, this version of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel follows American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino as Celie, who navigates Southern life in the early 1900s. Other notable cast members include Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Colman Domingo as Mister, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, musical artist H.E.R. as Squeak, Louis Gossett Jr. as Ol’ Mister, and David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery.