Cast Revealed for Tyler Perry’s Colored Girls

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Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry revealed to Black Voices last night at the premiere for Why Did I Get Married Too? that Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray will star in his next dramedy, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

Based on Ntozake Shange’s award-winning 1975 play, the film is scheduled to start shooting this June in New York for a January 14, 2011 release. Lionsgate will distribute.

The play consists of a series of poems performed through a cast of nameless women, known only by a color. It deals with such subjects as love, abandonment, rape, and abortion.

It later morphed into an Emmy Award-nominated television special and is still being performed around the world.