After winning the top prize at this year's Grammys, he has made his feature acting debut in.
Warner Bros. is directing a feature adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, which included a Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker, and on which the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg film was based. The story focuses on a woman named Celie Harris and reveals her lifelong struggle as an African American woman living in the South during the early 1900s.
Grady and Shug Avery will be shown as the next model of Batiste, who is a sweet-talking piano performer.
Batiste will join Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, and others, who have already been identified.
Blitz Bazawule, the filmmaker behind the Beyonce-fronted Black Is King, is set to star in the new musical. Marcus Gardley adapted the screenplay from Marsha Norman's book, and Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray's score. The film is in preproduction, with the casting beginning to come together, and chemistry is happening right now.
Winfrey, who made her own feature acting debut in Spielberg's The Color Purple and received an Oscar nomination, is currently working on her Harpo Films banner with Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment. Both Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, both of whom were the producers of the Broadway musical, will also play. Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Adam Fell, and Mara Jacobs are executive producers.
Warners has set a release date for December 20, 2023.
Batiste, who has been chastised by CAA and Eisner, is the bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He won five Grammys at the 2022 awards show with his latest studio album, We Are, the year. He previously won an Oscar for the best original score for the Pixar film Soul.