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Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey to Star in Netflix’s "Six Triple Eight"

Fri 13 Jan 2023 | 03:37 PM
Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey
Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey
Yara Sameh

American Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry’s upcoming Netflix movie “Six Triple Eight” has lined up an all-star cast, led by Kerry Washington and Oprah Winfrey.

Washington will also executive produce the project, which tells the inspiring true story of the only all-Black, all-female World War II battalion.

The movie features an impressive ensemble cast that includes Ebony Obsidian, Milauna Jackson, Kylie Jefferson, Shanice Shantay, Sarah Jeffery, Pepi Sonuga, Jay Reeves, Jeanté Godlock, Moriah Brown, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Gregg Sulkin, Dean Norris, Sam Waterston, and Susan Sarandon.

In addition to directing and producing the movie , Perry wrote the screenplay, based on an article by Kevin M. Hymel published in WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media about the 6888th Postal Directory Battalion, made up of 855 Black women.

When these women joined the war effort, they were given the herculean task of sorting through and delivering the three-year backlog of undelivered mail.

For nearly 75 years, their story has been kept out of history books and away from the national spotlight. But, on March 14, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor.

Perry teased the project in an August 2022 interview, saying that his next movie would be set during World War II and feature some incredible people that were overlooked for years.”

Netflix officially announced the movie in December. Production on the film began earlier this week.

“Six Triple Eight” marks Tyler Perry’s fourth film directed for Netflix, following “A Fall From Grace,” “A Madea Homecoming” and “A Jazzman’s Blues.” Perry produces the project; Nicole Avant for Her Excellency Productions; Keri Selig for Intuition Productions; Carlota Espinosa; Angi Bones and Tony Strickland for Tyler Perry Studios. Mandalay Pictures’ Peter Guber executive produces the project alongside Washington.