Six Triple Eight will be Tyler Perry’s first time producing and directing a historical war drama for Netflix. This one tells the story of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-Black female unit that served in WW2. 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 10th, 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. Production will be handled by Perry’s studio, The Tyler Perry Company, and will be the studio’s first time producing a war drama.
Producers listed on the project alongside Perry are Angi Bones (The House Next Door), Peter Gruber, Nicole Avant (Wag the Dog), Keri Selig (Passengers), and Carlota Espinosa.
What is the plot of Six Triple Eight?
The synopsis for Six Triple Eight has been sourced from ProductionWeekly:
“During the height of the conflict in World War II circa 1943, difficulties in the war led to a change in priorities, and much of the mail previously reaching soldiers on the front lines has been halted. As warehouses begin to overflow with unfulfilled deliveries, soldiers’ hopes are dashed as they lose contact with their families back home. To fix this problem, the 6888th Battalion – the Women’s Army Corps’ all-Black battalion including over 800 female soldiers – is sent to tackle the impossible challenge of sorting years’ worth of backlogged mail. Even as military higher-ups hope to see the plan fail, the Six Triple Eight are determined to deliver hope to soldiers and families across the world.”
Tyler Perry makes surprise appearance at Las Vegas resident Cpl. Lena D. Bell King's Congressional Gold Medal ceremony as a member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion,the only African American female unit to serve overseas during World War II. @reviewjournal @netflix pic.twitter.com/ies75IicLv
— Benjamin Hager (@BenjaminHphoto) June 5, 2022
What was the 6888th Battalion?
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed the “Six Triple Eight” served as an all-Black battalion of the US army in the Woman’s Army Corps in WW2.
The battalion, consisting of five companies, had 855 personnel, including enlisted personnel and officers. The Six Triple Eight was the first all-female, all-black battalion sent overseas during WW2.
Its purpose was to aid the U.S. Army, which, thanks to the war, had lost a significant shortage of soldiers who were able to manage its postal service.
After taking part in basic training in Georgia, in February 1945, the battalion was transported to Britain. Arriving in Birmingham, at the temporary post office, it was the battalion’s task to sort through the mail that was estimated to have a backlog of 17 million items, some of which had been at the post office for two years.
The monumental task was supposed to take up to six months to complete, but thanks to the Six Triple Eight’s hard work, intelligence, and perseverance, it took just three months. Not only had they completed the backlog from the US Army, but also backlogs for the UK and French too.
Once the task in Birmingham was completed, the battalion was sent across the English Channel into liberated France to Rouen and deal with another backlog. In October 1945, the Roeun backlog was completed.
The battalion would participate in a parade ceremony where Joan of Arc was executed before being housed in a luxurious hotel in Paris where all the remaining members would receive first-class service. At this time, the war had concluded, the battalion had been reduced by 300, and a further 200 would be discharged from service in January 1946.
Upon the battalions’ return to the United States in February 1946, it would be disbanded at Fort Dix, New Jersey. At the time, there was no public recognition of their military service.
Many years later, in February 2009, the battalion would be honored at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Three former unit members would be in attendance, 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.
Who are the cast members of Six Triple Eight?
On January 11th, 2023, Netflix officially unveiled the full cast for the upcoming movie.
- Kerry Washington (The School for Good and Evil, The Prom) – Repped by CAA, Washington Square Arts, The Lede Company and Hansen Jacobsen.
- Ebony Obsidian (If Beale Street Could Talk, Sistas)
- Milauna Jackson (A Jazzman’s Blues, How to Get Away With Murder) – Repped by A3 Artists Agency and Ethos Entertainment
- Kylie Jefferson (Tiny Pretty Things)
- Shanice Shantay (The Wiz Live!, Perfect Harmony)
- Sarah Jeffery (Charmed, Descendants)
- Pepi Sonuga (Pam & Tommy, Queens)
- Jay Reeves (Safety, The Tax Collector)
- Jeanté Godlock (Daybreak, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar)
- Moriah Brown (Raising Dion, Power Book II: Ghost)
- Baadja-Lyne Odums (Ruthless, Within)
- Gregg Sulkin (World of Fire, The Throwback)
- Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Claws)
- Sam Waterston (Law & Order, Grace and Frankie)
- Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, Dead Man Walking)
- Oprah Winfrey (Selma, The Butler)
What is the production status of Six Triple Eight?
In issue #1327 of Production Weekly, filming will occur between January 9th and April 6th, 2023.
Per Netflix’s casting announcement on January 11th, they confirmed that “Principal photography for this film began this week.”
Local news reports have also revealed that filming is taking place in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.
We’ve also seen some fantastic images taken behind the scenes of some of the sets.
Tyler Perry has also shared an image online of himself on the film set.
Airplanes and making movies…
When the two things I love meet. pic.twitter.com/TX689yMFWl
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 14, 2023
The plane seen in the photo’s background is most likely a replica of one of the most iconic planes used by the United States in WW2. Named “That’s All, Brother,” the Douglas C-47 Skytrain led the formation of 800 other planes that carried the 13,000 paratroopers that jumped into Normandy on D-Day, which began the liberation of France from the forces of Nazi Germany. The plane was used multiple times throughout the conflict, taking part in other operations such as Market Garden, Repulse, and Varsity.
After active duty, the plane was sold into civilian ownership but fell into disrepair. When it was found in an airplane boneyard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, great effort went into restoring the plane. The restoration has made That’s All Brother airworthy, and has taken part in air shows, and a number of ceremonies, in particular, the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day where the plane made a flyby of the Statue of Liberty.
Even more photos of the ongoing filming in Bradford have been shared online.
We're in Little Germany this morning where filming for the Netflix drama Six Triple Eight, starring Kerry Washington and Oprah Winfrey, is getting underway! pic.twitter.com/kFyBT23Khg
— Telegraph & Argus (@Bradford_TandA) February 16, 2023
Some of us spent most of yesterday watching filming and it all looks amazing 🤩. The set was incredible!! Can’t wait to see the film!! #sixtripleeight #SixTripleEightMovie #Bradford #littleGermany #TylerPerry pic.twitter.com/WugZLqlB85
— Bradford Rock Choir (unofficial) (@RockchoirBfd) February 17, 2023
Some footage of ongoing filming has also been shared.
Filming new six triple eight netflix show in Little Germany Bradford #sixtripleeight pic.twitter.com/INm2QhPmgY
— Ste Duffy (@SteJDUFitness) February 16, 2023
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