October 12th, 2011
03:28 PM ET
Classic chick flick “Steel Magnolias” is getting a remake with an all-black cast, courtesy of Lifetime. Deadline reports that the network is developing an original movie based on the hit film.
Like the 1989 movie (which was based on a stage play), Lifetime’s new version will revolve around a close group of women in Louisiana.
The original featured an all-star cast: Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis. The TV movie’s producers want a similarly star-studded assemblage of black actresses for their new Southern drama.
Casting choices for the leads are said to begin soon – who should Lifetime cast in the new “Steel Magnolias”?
In case you need a refresher, here are the roles:
Simple beauty assistant Annelle Dupuy Desoto (Daryl Hannah)
Sassy salon owner Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton)
Strong Southern mama M'Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field)
Delicate diabetic bride Shelby Eatenton Latcherie (Julia Roberts)
Wealthy curmudgeon Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine)
Lively widow Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis)
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