WATCH: First look at ‘The Color Purple’ movie musical

‘The Color Purple’ hits theaters December 25

5 Facts About 'The Color Purple'.Alice Walker didn't want Steven Spielberg to direct. .Chaka Khan and Tina Turner both turned down the role of Shug Avery which eventually went to Margaret Avery.The film became both Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey’s debut acting performances.Spielberg cites "The Color Purple" as the turning point in his career, as his first “serious drama.”.The film made an Oscar record, receiving a total of 11 Academy Award nominations.

“American Idol” alum Fantasia Barrino stuns in the trailer for her major motion picture debut, the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical version of “The Color Purple.”

Halley Bailey, Taraji P. Henson and ”Orange Is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks star alongside Barrino.

Alice Walker’s 1982 novel was first adapted for the big screen in 1985. The Steven Spielberg-directed project was Oprah Winfrey’s acting debut, and inspired the development of the Broadway musical. Now, that musical has been adapted for film — with Winfrey serving as a producer.

“I unexpectedly burst into happy tears at the very first sight of the gifted Danielle Brooks, who played Sofia on Broadway and now in this reincarnation. It felt like the baton was truly being passed on in one of the most special moments in my life. We both hugged and ugly cried together,” wrote Winfrey to Oprah Daily.

The film will bring “a reimagined, evolved version of the Broadway show to a new generation of audiences. If you liked the original, I guarantee you’re going to be rejoicing when you see this version,” Winfrey added.

While this is Fantasia’s first major movie role, she’s no stranger to the story. She made her Broadway debut in 2008 as Celie before joining the production’s national tour.

“The Color Purple” will hit theaters December 25.