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An early look at Tyler Perry's 'For Colored Girls'

September 15, 2010 | 10:43 am

Tyler Perry has adapted a number of his stage plays for the big screen, amassing an enormous fan base and making a fortune in the process. For his latest movie project, however, he has broken with past practice and turned to the work of another playwright.

"For Colored Girls," which opens in the U.S. in November, is adapted from the acclaimed play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. The drama was produced in Berkeley and then off-Broadway, winning the 1975 Obie Award. It later transferred to Broadway, where it ran at the Booth Theater for more than 700 performances and received a Tony nomination for best play.

Perry's film version stars Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine and Whoopi Goldberg.

Lionsgate, the U.S. distributor, has released the movie's trailer, which you can view in the video above.

-- David Ng

Photo: Tyler Perry. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

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