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Tyler Perry Taps Kerry Washington, Oprah for Netflix Film ‘Six Triple Eight’

*Tyler Perry has tapped a star-studded lineup for his next Netflix film including Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Susan Sarandon, Sarah Jeffery, and Jay Reeves.

The project, “Six Triple Eight,” reunites Perry and Washington, as she starred in his 2013 film, “Peeples.” According to Shadow and Act, the cast also includes Ebony Obsidian, Milauna Jackson, Kylie Jefferson, Shanice Shantay, Pepi Sonuga, Jeanté Godlock, Moriah Brown, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Gregg Sulkin with Dean Norris and Sam Waterston.

The feature film is reportedly based on an article by Kevin M. Hymel published in WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media. Perry’s story centers on an all-Black, all-Female Batallion during the war.

The film marks the first time Perry and Winfrey have collaborated on a project with the former talk show host in a starring role.

READ MORE: Taraji P. Henson Credits Tyler Perry for Her First Big Paycheck

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Here’s the synopsis: Six Triple Eight tells the inspiring true story of the incredible and brave women of the only all-black, all-female World War 2 Battalion. These 855 women joined the war effort with little knowledge of what exactly they would be doing, but were quickly given the mission of a lifetime: sort through and fix the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. A herculean task, that most thought to be impossible, the women not only succeeded but did it in half the time they were given. Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land, and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted over 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home. The motto that kept them going each day was one they created themselves: “No Mail, Low Morale.” The women of the 6888 weren’t just delivering mail, they were delivering hope. The story of the 6888th Postal Directory Battalion has been kept out of history books, ignored by the national spotlight, until now — nearly 75 years later. On March 14th, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor. 

Perry will helm the film from a script he wrote, with Nicole Avant producing for Her Excellency Productions, along with Keri Selig for Intuition Productions, Carlota Espinosa, Angi Bones and Tony Strickland for Tyler Perry Studios. 

Kerry Washington will executive produce with Peter Guber for Mandalay Pictures. 

“Six Triple Eight” is Perry’s fourth film for Netflix. The other titles are “A Fall From Grace,” “A Madea Homecoming” and “A Jazzman’s Blues.”

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