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Lifetime announced plans to produce a new version of Steel Magnolias with an all African-American cast, and the cast of this new version has been revealed.
CNN reports that the part of M’Lynn Eaton will be played by Queen Latifah. The role was originally played by Sally Field.
In addition to starring in the project, Latifah will also serve as executive producer with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Condola Rashad is set to play Shelby, M’Lynn’s daughter, who is suffering from diabetes. Rashad’s mother, Phylicia Rashad, will also have a role in the film, as the widow, Claire.
Alfre Woodward, will be Ouiser Boudreaux and Adepero Oduye will play the beauty assistant, Annelle.
Grammy Award winner, Jill Scott, will portray Truvy, the understanding hairdresser, who was previously played by Dolly Parton.
“The caliber of talent associated with this film is astounding. Queen Latifah, Phylicia, Alfre, Jill, Adepero, and Condola are some of the most celebrated women in music, film, television and stage — and we could not be more thrilled and honored for them to bring Robert Harling’s poignant story about the strength of women to a whole new generation,” Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of Lifetime Networks, told Entertainment Weekly.
The original version of the film took place in Georgia, and while production will start in Atlanta next month, this new version will take place in Louisiana.
Not many details have been released about the updates that the new version will undertake, but Lifetime says that the project will premiere later this year.