If you haven’t heard by now, the Award winning film Steel Magnolias is being re-made for Lifetime with an all black cast. While many remain skeptical, the cast has finally been revealed…and it sounds like it might be pretty good! Queen Latifah will star alongside Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and her daughter Condola Rashad (who nabbed the lead role of Shelby), Adepero Oduye and Jill Scott. The Huffington Post reports: The contemporary remake of the film follows six Louisiana women, M’Lynn (Queen Latifah), Ouiser (Woodard), Clairee (Phylicia Rashad), Truvy (Scott), Annelle (Oduye) and Shelby (Condola Rashad), as they support each other through the trials and tribulations of life. “Smash” executive producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Shelby Stone are behind the project set to begin production in Atlanta in April.
Lifetime has not announced an official premiere date, but it’s expected to debut later in 2012. Kenny Leon, the director of ABC’s “A Raisin In The Sun,” will direct “Steel Magnolias” from a script Sally Robinson wrote based on Robert Harling’s play. In an updated contemporary version, “Steel Magnolias” chronicles the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana. Supporting each other through their triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy’s beauty shop to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children — and hair and nails — all the important topics that bring women together. Congratulations ladies! Sounds interesting, will you be watching?