Netflix has released images from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the final film to star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in August. The film is due to be released on the streaming platform on 18 December. It also stars Viola Davis, famous for her roles in films such as Fences and TV shows such as ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’ It also stars Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, and Taylor Paige, and was directed by George C. Wolfe, with Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf and Todd Black as producers.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on the 1982 play of the same name by August Wilson that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, it tells a story of racial tensions in Chicago in 1927 through the eyes of legendary blues singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), the other musicians she encounters and their white management team.
Boseman, who became a household name by playing the male lead in Marvel’s Black Panther, plays Levee, an ambitious trumpeter determined to secure his reputation in the music industry, while Ma Rainey attempts to wrestle control of her music away from her white manager and producer. The vivid images released last month on Netflix’s Twitter feed show the cast in action as blues musicians in pre-war Chicago, with Davis centre-stage as Ma Rainey.
Shooting had begun in July 2019. The film was initially due to have a virtual premier, which Netflix delayed after Boseman’s death. Wolfe described working with Boseman as “a glorious experience. Everyday we all got to witness the ferocity of his talent and the gentleness of his heart. A truly blessed, loving, gifted and giving human being.”
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be released in Dec. 2020.
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