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Jon Batiste joins cast of ‘The Color Purple’

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Fresh off his five Grammy wins, Jon Batiste has lined up his acting debut.

Rolling Stone reports the musician has joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple. He’ll play Grady, the “marijuana-loving womanizer” husband married to Shug Avery, who’s being portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the film.

The cast also includes Fantasia Barrino, Aunjanue Ellis, Ciara, H.E.R. and Corey Hawkins. Production is underway in Georgia, with the musical set for a December 2023 release.

Batiste previously won an Oscar in 2020 for the musical score of Pixar’s Soul.

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