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1989 classic ‘Steel Magnolias’ gets a facelift with all-black cast in starring roles

Steel Magnolias, the classic 1989 movie starring all-star actresses Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and Shirley MacLaine, is getting a facelift.

But this time the movie will feature an all black cast: Alfre Woodard will play queen bee Ouiser Boudreaux, Jill Scott portrays beauty shop owner Truvy, and executive producer Queen Latifah will play the mother-hen, M’lynn. Newcomers include Condola Rashad as Shelby - whose mother, Phylicia, is also starring in the production as the wealthy Clairee - and Adepero Oduye as new-in-town beautician Annelle.

A release date hasn’t been set, but the trailer for the Lifetime movie, directed by Kenny Leon ( “A Raisin in The Sun,”) was recently posted online. As an avowed fan of the original, it’s refreshing to see the classic movie updated with such great women, but there are a few elements that could connote a side-eye.

You be the judge.


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