First Look: Lifetime Releases A Trailer For The African American Version Of ‘Steel Magnolias’


Back in October of lasst year we learned that Lifetime TV will release a new version of Steel Magnolias starring an all African American cast. Today we get our first look at the first preview trailer for this new version of Magnolias starring Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad. Now, I love the original film version of Steel Magnolias so it would take a lot for a remake to impress me … but I will admit, I was impressed by the actresses who have been cast in this new version. Click below to see these amazing actresses in action and see what YOU think of this new incarnation of Steel Magnolias.

Wow. I mean … wow. Based solely on this preview clip, it looks like this new version of Steel Magnolias hits all the right emotional parts that the original film does. Yes, there does seem to be some weaknesses, after all … it’s difficult for someone to take Dolly Parton’s place (sorry Jill Scott) but I am really loving what we see here. I’m impressed, yes, but more than that … I’m really excited and looking forward to this movie! Thus far, there is no set release date for Steel Magnolias but I’ll update when I can. This looks so great, don’t it?


  • Kelly K.

    I just can’t get on board. Queen Latifah is too young for me to see as M’lynn. And because they are doing it almost line for line, it has a “Footloose” remake kind of feel. The actors are wonderful and the production quality looks good, but something just isn’t hitting for me. Just my humble opinion.

    • @Kelly K. — Really? I’m just the opposite. I even got choked up a few times watching this trailer. And btw, I really liked the Footloose remake, too ;)

  • Samantha

    I’m not sure how I feel about this movie. In principle I would be against any movie that is shot for shot the same as an earlier movie. The trailer had the same lines, almost the same jokes. Its the same movie with different actors. I guess I’m just wondering how they will update it and make it “new.”

    I don’t have lifetime so really this is all moot.

    • @Samantha — ” The trailer had the same lines, almost the same jokes.”

      You realize Steel Magnolias is a play, right? Both films are based on the text of the original play. Filmmakers don’t generally change the text of plays turned into films (like Shakespeare, for example).

  • Oscar in Miami Beach

    What a farce.Blacks keep on trying to imitate white people.Shouldn’t black people have their own original theater.First,Hello Dolly,then,Cat in a Hot Tin Roof, female main part in Death of a Salesman,and now this.Shameful to blacks to have to go lapping white people behind by copying their productions.So sad.

    • @Oscar — I couldn’t disagree more with your surprisingly offensive comment. Theater and acting is not about race. An actor can play any role no matter their ethnicity or gender. I’m not sure what you would constitute “Black theater” versus “White theater” and, honestly, I don’t think I want to know. Any actor can play any part. And speaking about the themes of friendship, love, loss and hope — as featured in Steel Magnolias — I do not understand how anyone could relegate that kind of subject matter to one race.

    • Meg

      Very well said, Trent. I, too, got emotional as I was watching, and I’m excited to see how it turns out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tracy

    I could not get it to play for me. I don’t know…I mean I know they have a great cast…but they have big shoes to fill (Sally Fields) come on now. I just saw Sally Fields is going to be in the new Spiderman, the short clip with her in it was enough for me to want to see the Spiderman move.

  • Parker

    @Oscar As a black person, I can tell you that we aren’t specifically trying to copy our white counterparts. It just a remake with a few strong black actresses, not meant to be a stereotype (thank god!), get over yourself. Just as the other commenter said, these parts could be played by ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By the way, YES we do have our own theater. Check out A Raisin in the Sun or Porgy and Bess if you need to educate yourself on that subject.

    Oscar, your comment makes you sound offensive, ignorant and racist, go crawl back under the rock your clearly living under and get some common sense. Blacks are so much more then the stereotypes you are clearly referring to.

  • Trisha

    Wow! I loved the original – my friends and I quote from it all the time! But – watch the trailer made me tear up too! Just more to love as far as I am concerned… There can never be too much “Steel Magnolias” in the world!