ABOVE PHOTO: The cast of Lifetime’s ‘Steel Magnolias’.
In Lifetime’s contemporary version of the beloved stage play and 1989 film, “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 truly unite and celebrate women. “Steel Magnolias” will premiere on Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET.
Queen Latifah stars in the made-for-tv film, an adaptation of the iconic play and 1989 film of the same name, as M’Lynn. She’s also executive producing “Steel Magnolias,” which co-stars Phylicia Rashad as Clairee, Adepero Oduye as Annelle, Condola Rashad as Shelby, Jill Scott as Truvy and Alfre Woodard as Ouiser.
“Queen Latifah, Phylicia, Alfre, Jill, Adepero and Condola are some of the most celebrated women in music, film, television and stage,” Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of Lifetime Entertainment, said in a statement. “And we could not be more thrilled and honored for them to bring Robert Harling’s poignant story about the strength of women to a whole new generation.” Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah stars in and executive produces the film, reuniting her with producing duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, from the Oscar and Golden Globe winning “Chicago” and “Hairspray.”
Directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), the film features Queen Latifah as ‘M’Lynn’, Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad as ‘Clairee,’ Independent Spirit Award nominee Adepero Oduye as ‘Annelle,’ Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad as ‘Shelby,’ Grammy winner Jill Scott as ‘Truvy’ and Golden Globe and multiple Emmy – winner Alfre Woodard as ‘Ouiser.’
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “Steel Magnolias” is executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere (“Single Ladies”) and Shelby Stone. Leon directs from a script that has been adapted for television by Sally Robinson (“Iron Jawed Angels”) and is based on the play and screenplay by Robert Harling (“The First Wives Club”).
“Steel Magnolias” is also a reunion for Zadan, Meron, Rashad and Leon, who last worked together on the critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Sony TV movie “A Raisin in the Sun”, which won numerous NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding TV Movie, Miniseries, or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Dramatic Special for Phylicia Rashad.