Netflix just offered up their first look at ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,‘ based on August Wilson’s play of the same name. The project stars Viola Davis as Ma Rainey and Chadwick Boseman, in his final role, as Levee, her extremely ambitious trumpeteer. While Ma Rainey was a very real historical figure, both the play and subsequent project are entirely fictional.
Viola looks AMAZING.
Here’s a synopsis of the film:
Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.
Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.
We already know this is about to be magic. Music from Branford Marsalis, produced by Denzel, directed by George C. Wolfe and an all star cast that includes Chadwick Boseman AND Viola Davis. WE. CANNOT. WAIT. December 18th can’t come soon enough!
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