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six triple eight It will be the first time Tyler Perry has produced and directed a historical war drama for Netflix. This tells the story of the Central Postal Directorate Battalion 6888, the only all-black female unit to serve in World War II. The movie is headed exclusively to Netflix and here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Netflix Original.

This report was first published on December 10, 2022 and has been updated over time to reflect new developments.

six triple eight is an upcoming historical war drama written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry. The production will be handled by Perry’s studio, The Tyler Perry Company, and will be the first time the studio has produced a war drama.

Producers featured on the project alongside Perry are Angi Bones (The House next door), Peter Gruber, Nicole Avant (move the dog), Keri Selig (passengers) and Carlota Espinosa.

What is the plot of six triple eight?

the synopsis of six triple eight has been obtained from weekly production:

“During the height of the conflict in World War II around 1943, difficulties in the war led to a change in priorities, and much of the mail that had previously reached soldiers at the front stopped. As warehouses begin to overflow with missed deliveries, the soldiers’ hopes are dashed when they lose contact with their families back home. To solve this problem, Battalion 6888, the all-black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, which includes more than 800 female soldiers, is dispatched to meet the impossible challenge of sorting years-overdue mail. Even as top military commanders hope the plan fails, the Six Triple Eight are determined to bring hope to soldiers and families around the world.»

What was Battalion 6888?

He 6888th Battalion of the Central Postal DirectorateNicknamed the «Six Triple Eight,» she served as an all-black US Army battalion in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II.

The battalion, made up of five companies, had 855 troops, including enlisted personnel and officers. The Six Triple Eight was the first all-female, all-black battalion sent overseas during World War II.

Its purpose was to help the US Army, which, thanks to the war, had lost a significant shortage of soldiers who could run its postal service.

After participating in basic training in Georgia, in February 1945 the battalion was transported to Britain. Arriving in Birmingham, at the temporary Post Office, the battalion’s task was to sort mail estimated to have a backlog of 17 million items, some of which had been sitting at the Post Office for two years.

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The monumental task was supposed to take up to six months to complete, but thanks to Six Triple Eight’s hard work, intelligence, and perseverance, it only took three months. They had not only completed the buildup of the US Army, but also the buildup of the UK and France.

Once the task at Birmingham was complete, the battalion was sent across the English Channel to liberated France at Rouen and dealt with another delay. In October 1945, the Roeun buildup was completed.

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The battalion would take part in a parade ceremony where Joan of Arc was executed before being put up in a luxurious hotel in Paris where all the remaining members would receive first-class service. By this time, the war was over, the battalion had been reduced by 300, and another 200 would be discharged from service in January 1946.

Upon the battalions return to the United States in February 1946, it would disband at Fort Dix, New Jersey. At the time, there was no public recognition of his military service.

Many years later, in February 2009, the battalion would be honored at the Memorial to Women in Military Service for America in Arlington National Cemetery. Three former members of the unit would attend, Alyce Dixon, Mary Ragland, and Gladys Shuster Carter. In the same year, Ragland and Dixon would be honored by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Six Triple Eight veterans, Maybelle Tanner Campbell (left) and Indiana Hunt-Martin (right) in the 2019 National Memorial Day Parade

Who are the cast members of six triple eight?

On January 11, 2023, Netflix officially unveiled the full cast for the upcoming film.

  • kerry washington (The school of good and evil, The prom) – Represented by CAA, Washington Square Arts, The Lede Company and Hansen Jacobsen.
  • ebony obsidian (If Beale Street could talk, sisters)
  • milauna jackson (The blues of a jazzman, How to get away from murder) – Represented by A3 Artists Agency and Ethos Entertainment
  • kylie jefferson (pretty little things)
  • Shanice Shantay (The Magician Live!, perfect harmony)
  • sarah jeffery (Charmed, Descendants)
  • pepi sonuga (pam and tommy, queens)
  • jay reeves (Security, the tax collector)
  • Jeante Godlock (Sunrise, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Fly)
  • Moriah Brown (raising dion, Book of Power II: Ghost)
  • Baadja-Lyne Odums (Ruthless, Inside)
  • gregg sulkin (World of fire, the recoil)
  • Dean Norris (breaking bad, Claws)
  • sam waterston (Law, grace and frankie)
  • susan sarandon (Thelma and Luisa, Dead man Walking)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Selma, The Butler)
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Cast grid for Six Triple Eight – Images courtesy of Netlfix

What is the production status of six triple eight?

In Production Weekly issue 1327, filming will take place between January 9 and April 6, 2023.

According to Netflix’s casting announcement on January 11, they confirmed that «principal photography on this film began this week.»

Local news reports have also revealed that filming takes place in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

We’ve also seen some fantastic footage taken behind the scenes of some of the sets.

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Set Six Triple Eight Pictures – Credit. Philip Lickley

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Set Six Triple Eight Pictures – Credit. Philip Lickley

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Set Six Triple Eight Pictures – Credit. Philip Lickley

Tyler Perry has also shared an image online of himself on the film set.

The plane seen in the background of the photo is most likely a replica of one of the most iconic planes used by the United States in World War II. Called «That’s All, Brother,» the Douglas C-47 Skytrain led the formation of another 800 planes that carried the 13,000 paratroopers who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, which began the liberation of France from the forces of Nazi Germany. The aircraft was used several times during the conflict, taking part in other operations such as Market Garden, Repulse and Varsity.

After active service, the aircraft was sold to civilian ownership, but fell into disrepair. When it was found in an aircraft graveyard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a major effort was put into restoring the plane. Restoration has made That’s All Brother airworthy and it has participated in air shows and various ceremonies, notably the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, where the plane made a flyover of the Statue of Liberty.

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