Six Triple Eight: cast, plot and everything we know about the Tyler Perry film

Tyler Perry sitting for a Netflix panel discussion
Tyler Perry (Image credit: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for MVAAFF)

While Tyler Perry is known for making movie watchers laugh with his famous rough-around-the-edges matriarch Madea, as of late he's ventured into more dramatic projects, and he'll do so again with a new movie, Six Triple Eight for Netflix. 

Just recently, he took his fans on a journey into the past with the Netflix film A Jazzman’s Blues, which centered around an unsolved murder, forbidden love and US race dynamics. He also had a new Madea movie, A Madea Homecoming, release on the streamer in 2022. Six Triple Eight continues this partnership.

Helping Perry tell this harrowing story onscreen are some major players in Hollywood, including Kerry Washington, Susan Sarandon and Oprah Winfrey. Keep reading to find out what else we know about Six Triple Eight.  

Six Triple Eight release date

As of now, Six Triple Eight does not have an official release date. However, it is already generating a lot of buzz. Once we have more information about when the movie premieres on Netflix, we'll pass along the update. 

Six Triple Eight plot

The movie is based on an article written by Kevin M. Hymel for WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media. In the article, Hymel tells the admirable tale of the 855 women that served in the 6888th Battalion during WWII and provided a needed, yet overlooked, service in the American military. These women sorted through a three-year backlog of undelivered mail and gave it to American soldiers in an effort to keep up their morale in the toughest of times. (If you were wondering, they actually organized roughly 17 million pieces of mail.)

Not only did these heroes make it their mission to keep US correspondence to troops flowing, believing no letters equated to low morale, but they did so in the face of a deadly war in Europe and unconscionable racism. 

For more information on this special group of women, we encourage you to visit The Army University article tilted "No Mail, Low Morale." (opens in new tab) 

Six Triple Eight cast

Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington laughing at the ceremony for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington (Image credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

As already mentioned, Six Triple Eight is loaded with some Hollywood titans. For starters, leading the project is Kerry Washington. While she will forever be the incomparable Olivia Pope from Scandal, she has also starred in projects like Little Fires Everywhere, American Son, Django Unchained, Save the Last Dance and most recently, The School for Good and Evil. By the way, Washington has previously worked with Perry on the film For Colored Girls

Joining the actress in the movie is Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon. Sarandon has been in some pretty iconic movies such as Thelma & Louise, Dead Man Walking and Stepmom. Most recently she fronted the drama series Monarch

Rounding out the all-star cast are the following: 

  • Sam Waterston (Law & Order)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Greenleaf)
  • Ebony Obsidian (Hunters)
  • Milauna Jackson (A Jazzman’s Blues)
  • Kylie Jefferson (Tiny Pretty Things)
  • Jeanté Godlock (Daybreak)
  • Moriah Brown (Raising Dion)
  • Baadja-Lyne Odums (Ruthless)
  • Gregg Sulkin (The Throwback)
  • Shanice Shantay (The Wiz Live!)
  • Sarah Jeffery (Charmed)
  • Pepi Sonuga (Pam & Tommy)
  • Jay Reeves (Safety)
  • Dean Norris (Claws)

Six Triple Eight trailer

It's a bit too early for an official trailer for the film. However, once one becomes available, we'll place it right here. 

Six Triple Eight director

Putting on the director's hat for Six Triple Eight is Tyler Perry, who also serves as the project's writer and producer. Perry is a well-established figure in Hollywood having been the brains behind the Madea movies and TV shows like Sistas, House of Payne, The Have and Have Nots and Bruhs.  

Terrell Smith

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.