First Look: Viola Davis & Chadwick Boseman in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Annika Harris

See Chadwick Boseman alongside Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and others in one of his last films.

Netflix released today the trailer and character posters for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Academy Award winner Viola Davis as Ma Rainey and the late Chadwick Boseman as Levee, the trumpeter.

The synopsis of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is:

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. 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 — 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.

Along with Davis and Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom also features the talents of Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Dusan Brown, Jeremy Shamos, and Jonny Coyne.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson wrote the screenplay for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which was adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play of the same title. George C. Wolfe directed the film, and Denzel Washington and Todd Black produced it. In addition, Grammy winner Branford Marsalis provided the score.

Netflix will release Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for streaming on Dec. 18, 2020. Follow @MaRaineyFilm and @NetflixFilm to learn more.

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