After her subdued performance in Precious, we thought Mariah Carey was ready and willing to do whatever she had to for us to forget her “masterpiece” Glitter. Her next positive step would have been Tyler Perry’s upcoming feature film For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. It’s the first movie he’ll direct that’s based on someone else’s material and the cast he’s acquired is filled with legends from both the film and music world, but unfortunately Carey will no longer be a part of it.

A spokesperson from Carey’s camp released an official statement to People Magazine confirming that she would no longer star in Perry’s film even though production is scheduled to start next month. When asked why she was exiting the project they stated, “I’m not at liberty to discuss her personal life at this time.”

As for the remaining cast, it currently includes Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Macy Gray. What no Angela Bassett? She’s one of our favorite actors and she previously starred in Perry’s other film Meet the Browns, so they already have a working relationship. What’s with that?

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf was a 1975 stage play that was originally written by Ntozake Shange, and features a series of monologues based on the colors of the rainbow. The film will be released on January 14, 2011.

What do you think of Carey’s exit from the film? Why do you think she left?