March 20, 2012

Steel Magnolias Remake on Lifetime

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I was excited when I heard on the Wendy Williams Show that there is a remake being done of “Steel Magnolias“.  On October 10, 2011, Lifetime Television Network announced an adaptation of “Steel Magnolias” featuring African-American actors in the lead roles. The more details I’ve uncovered, the more eager I’ve become to see it when the film is complete.

If you’re a person with type 1 diabetes in the family – you’ve heard about “Steel Magnolias“. The movie tells a story of a close-knit circle of friends in a small town in Louisiana. The ladies frequent a beauty parlor and their lives come together there. The relevant details are that much of the emotional scenes involve Shelby (Julia Roberts) and her life with type 1 diabetes.

The new cast will star Queen Latifah as M’Lynn, the role Sally Field played in the original film. The rest of the cast includes Golden Globe and Emmy winner Alfre Woodard as Ouiser (Shirley MacClaine’s role), Phylicia Rashad of “Cosby” fame as Clairee (Olympia Dukakis in the film), Grammy winner Jill Scott as Truvy (Dolly Parton in the film), Adepero Oduye as Annelle (Daryl Hannah in the film) and Condola Rashad as Shelby (Julia Roberts in the film).

Steel Magnolias was an off-Broadway play in 1987, made into a movie in 1989. The play was based on the author’s experience with the death of his sister. The title suggests the female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel. The new version of “Steel Magnolias” is directed by Kenny Leon, an African-American director notable for his work on Broadway. The project begins filming in Atlanta next month and will air later this year on Lifetime, reported the Los Angeles Times.

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