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Tyler Perry’s ‘A Madea Homecoming’ to Premiere on Netflix in February (Photos)

Get a first look as Perry brings the character out of retirement for the new film

A new Madea movie will be streaming on Netflix in February, despite the fact that Tyler Perry previously announced he was retiring the character.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming” will debut on the streaming service on Feb. 25, with Perry once again writing, directing and starring in the film.

This time around, Madea is celebrating her great-grandson’s college graduation – or attempting to. The celebration hits a halt as hidden secrets and family drama threaten to destroy the happy homecoming. Perry told EW that the film will involve a LGBTQ+ storyline.

This is the 10th feature film starring Madea in a major role, and features the returns of Tamela Mann (Cora), David Mann (Mr. Brown), Cassi Davis Patton (Aunt Bam) as well as a guest appearance from iconic Irish actor Brendan O’Carroll, who plays Agnes Brown.

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Perry had previously said that 2019’s “A Madea Family Funeral” would be the final installment of the franchise, but had a change of heart during the pandemic. “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,” Perry told EW in explaining why he brought the character back. “And I’m like, ‘What tool do I have in my arsenal that can bring that kind of laughter?’”

The Madea character originated in a 1999 play by Perry called “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” making her onscreen debut in 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Since then, Perry turned the character into a franchise staple, and now she’s back with a brand new story – only on Netflix.

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