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'The Color Purple' coming Feb. 16 to Max

Fantasia Barrino plays Celie in "The Color Purple." File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Fantasia Barrino plays Celie in "The Color Purple." File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI

Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Color Purple is coming to Max in February.

Max announced in a press release Friday that the film will start streaming on its service Feb. 16.

The Color Purple is based on the Alice Walker novel and Broadway musical of the same name.

The film follows Celie (Fantasia Barrino), a young woman living in rural Georgia in the early 20th century, as she faces many hardships in her life, including being torn apart from her sister Nettie (Halle Bailey) and living with an abusive husband, Mister (Colman Domingo).

"With the support of sultry singer Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson) and her stand-her-ground stepdaughter Sofia (Danielle Brooks), Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood," an official synopsis reads.

Halle Bailey attends the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2023. File Photo by Greg Grudt/UPI
Halle Bailey attends the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2023. File Photo by Greg Grudt/UPI
Danielle Brooks attends the New York Women in Film and Television's Muse Awards in 2023. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Danielle Brooks attends the New York Women in Film and Television's Muse Awards in 2023. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

The Color Purple is written by Marcus Gardley and directed by Blitz Bazawule, with Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones as producers.

Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Louis Gossett Jr., Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara, Jon Batiste and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor also star.

The Color Purple opened in theaters in December. The film is nominated at the Academy Awards and the SAG Awards.