You can file this under two-month-old news. Somehow during my travels in Australia back in March, I missed this bit of casting. Even though it’s not breaking news, I thought I’d write about it anyway because I’m sure a few of you missed the memo as well.
Last year, I first wrote about Lifetime’s plans to remake “Steel Magnolias” but with a twist. The network wanted to update the classic chick flick by casting black actresses in the major roles. As you can see in the picture above, Queen Latifah snagged up one of them. The “Chicago” star will play M’Lynn Eatenton which was originally portrayed by Sally Field. Filming has already begun in Atlanta, with Kenny Leon directing this new group of ladies. Check below to see who else has the unenviable task of living up to the classic film.
Joining Latifah in the remake are Alfre Woodard and Phylicia Rashad. These veteran actresses tackle on the roles of Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine) and Clairee (Olympia Dukakis) respectively. Tackling Dolly Parton’s role of Truvy is Jill Scott. I wonder if it was a conscious decision to cast another singer to take on Parton’s character.
Rounding out the cast are Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad. Oduye, who made waves with her breakout role in 2011’s “Pariah”, steps into Annelle’s shoes which was originally played by Daryl Hannah. Condola, who is Phylicia’s real-life daughter, is taking on Julia Robert’s diabetes-stricken character, Shelby.
Very few details on the remake have leaked. Besides the race change, the location has also been swapped. The original 1989 film took place in Georgia, while the action takes place in Louisiana in the new version. What do you think of the new cast? Do you think they’ll be able to capture the magic and chemistry of the original? Sound off below.