In 2005, actor and comedian, Tyler Perry donned a wig, glasses, and makeup to play the role of Mabel ‘Madea’ Simmons for the romantic comedy, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The film was a hit, but it was Perry’s character in particular who really struck a chord with audiences, and she quickly became the focus of the sequel, Madea’s Family Reunion (2006).
Over the next few years, more films followed, all with Madea taking centre stage, and the most recent entry in the series was 2019’s A Madea Family Funeral. The film – written and directed by Tyler Perry – was produced on a budget of $20 million, and took just over $74.8 million at the box office.
But although the movie was a financial hit, in terms of its critical reception A Madea Family Funeral did not fair so well. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics and currently holds an underwhelming rating of 4.5/10 on IMDb.
And since it made its debut, things went a little quiet with the Madea film series, prompting many fans to ask if there will be any more Madea movies in the future? And if you’ve been asking this question yourself, then here is the answer…
Yes, a new Madea movie is coming to Netflix! The movie is called A Madea Homecoming and will be available to stream from February 25th 2022.
The film will see Tyler Perry return to the role of Madea, alongside a cast that includes Brendan O’Carroll, Tamela J. Mann, and Cassi Davis, amongst others. The film will touch upon the subject of inclusion, with an LGBTQ+ story line.
The official blurb for the movie reads as follows: “Madea’s back – hallelujer! And she’s not putting up with any nonsense as family drama erupts at her great-grandson’s college graduation celebration.”
The arrival of the new film will come as a surprise to some fans, as Perry had seemingly retired the Madea character in 2020, via a theatre production. That production was Madea’s Farewell Tour – a stage play starring Cassi Davis, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Kwaylon Rogers, Alexis Hollins, Anthony Lewis, Jacobi Brown, Ashlee B. Gillum, Walter H. Fauntleroy, Kendrick Mays, RaVaughn Brown, and of course, Tyler Perry.
The play was originally intended to serve as a farewell to Madea, but thanks to the current, and somewhat troubling state of the world, Perry had a change of heart.
Speaking to EW, the Madea creator said: “I was looking at the state of the world and how polarized it is… nobody’s laughing.
“Nobody’s getting the chance to belly-laugh anymore. And I’m like, ‘what tool do I have in my arsenal that can bring that kind of laughter?”
With Madea out of retirement, it’s possible more movies will follow in the fullness of time, but for now, Perry is hoping this latest film will bring some joy to fans. So, if you’ve been missing Madea, be sure to check out A Madea Homecoming when it lands on Netflix.
If you’re a fan of Madea, or you’re just getting into the Madea movies, then you may wish to know that a set of Madea plays are available on DVD in the US.
The plays are grouped together in the Region 1 Tyler Perry 4-Play Collection, which includes I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea’s Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and Madea’s Family Reunion.
The Tyler Perry 4-Play Collection is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.
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