This month, the Oscar winner has joined the remake of, whose directors include Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones.
Batiste, who has played band leader and musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since its 2015 release, will make his big-screen acting debut as Grady, a debonair, sweet-talking piano man who is the epitome of charm and eloquence and husband of Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson). Bennet Guillory played the role in the 1985 feature.
Batiste, a Juilliard School alum, has been nominated by the Recording Academy 14 times since 2019. He is scheduled to curate a multi-concert series at Carnegie Hall this year.
Blitz Bazawule (Black Is King) is based on a Tony-winning Broadway drama from Marcus Gardley's script, inspired by Alice Walker; Scott Sanders is a producer alongside Spielberg, who directed and produced the original film; Winfrey, who co-starred in the film; and Jones, who also produced the first pic. Walker, Rebecca Walker, Rebecca Walker, Rebecca Walker, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Carla Gardini are all celebrities.
The original Broadway musical debuted in 2005, scoring 11 Tony Award nominations in 2006 and achieving LaChanze's role as Celie. It then ran for 910 performances. A revival in 2015 scored four extra Tony nominations and won for Best Musical and for Cynthia Erivo in her Broadway debut. The musical has also won Grammy and Emmy accolades.
At Eisner LLP, Batiste is reprimanded by the CAA and attorneys Dan Shulman and Evan Krauss.