New Steel Magnolias trailer faithful to the beloved original

Queen Latifah heads all-star cast in remake of gay fave

New Steel Magnolias trailer faithful to the beloved original
04 July 2012

Whether it’s Sally Field’s M’Lynn screaming ‘I’m fiiiiiiiine!’ or Shirley MacLaine’s Ouiser grousing about how she’s been in a bad mood for 40 years, there are legions of gay men who know just about every word of dialogue from Steel Magnolias, the 1989 movie about is the bond among a group of women in Louisiana.

When word came along that a remake in the works starring Queen Latifah as M’Lynn and directed by Kenny Leon, there was speculation about whether it would be faithful to the original film which also starred Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and Darryl Hannah.

The trailer unveiled this week shows that the movie, which will air on the Lifetime cable network later this year, is completely faithful with essentially the same dialogue.

For example, when Latifah says ‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger,’ she sounds much like Field did in the first movie.

Also in the cast are a trio of established stars: Phylicia Rashad in the Dukakis role of Clairee, Alfre Woodard as Ouisa and Jill Scott as Truvy who was played by Parton in the original.

Adepero Oduye, the young actress nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her acclaimed performance as a young lesbian in Pariah, has the role of Annelle which was originated by Hannah.

Tony nominee Condola Rashad, daughter of Phylicia Rashad, plays the part of Shelby which earned Roberts her first Academy Award nomination.

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