Several actresses have been announced as cast members of Lifetime Television's upcoming remake of the big-screen film "Steel Magnolias," such as Queen Latifah, "The Cosby Show" star Phylicia Rashad and her daughter Condola, who will play Julia Robert's old role of Shelby.
The original 1989 drama film, which also starred Dolly Parton, is based on a play and showcases the bond that forms among several Louisiana women. Roberts earned an Oscar nomination for her role as Shelby, who suffers from diabetes and a kidney condition. Condola Rashad, 25, will play the part in Lifetime's movie, the network said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Monday, March 19.
Condola Rashad currently stars on the NBC musical series "Smash" as Cyn, the female companion of devious theatre assistant Ellis, played by Jaime Cepero. She also had a small part in the 2010 movie "Sex and the City 2" and appeared in the Broadway play "Stick Fly," which was directed by Kenny Leon. He helms the new "Steel Magnolias" film, which debuts later this year.
Queen Latifah, 42, will play Shelby's mother, M'Lynn, previously portrayed by Sally Field. Queen Latifah, who co-starred with Parton in the film "Joyful Noise," also serves as an executive producer of the TV movie. She reunites with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who worked with her on the movies "Chicago" and "Hairspray."
Jill Scott, 39, will play Truvy, Parton's old role. Phylicia Rashad will portray the role of Clairee, originally played by Olympia Dukakis. Alfre Woodard, 59, has been cast as Ouiser, Shirley MacLaine's former part, while Adepero Oduye portrays Daryl Hannah's old role of Annelle.
Lifetime, a cable network geared towards woman, announced in October 2011 that it plans to develop a "Steel Magnolia" movie featuring an all-black cast. Leon has also helmed an ABC television film based on "A Raisin in the Sun," which stars Diddy and Phylicia Rashad, as well as episodes of the shows "Ghost Whisperer" and "Private Practice."
Phylicia Rashad is best known for playing family matriarch Claire Huxtable on the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show." She is also a theatre actress and in 2004, she became the first black woman to win a Tony, given for her role in a Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," which was also directed by Leon.
Scott once acted in a Canadian production of the musical "Rent" and also appeared in shows such as "Girlfriends" and films such as "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?" and "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?." Woodard is known for her prior roles in "True Blood," "Memphis Beat" and "Desperate Housewives." Oduye has acted mostly in New York plays and also appeared on shows such as "Law & Order."