Netflix has debuted the first look at the upcoming movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is the final film that Chadwick Boseman made before he tragically passed away this summer.
The movie is based on the play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson and stars Viola Davis in the title role. The film was directed by George C. Wolfe, adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and produced by Denzel Washington.
Here is the synopsis: 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 (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 (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.
Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, and Dusan Brown also star in the movie.
Netflix will be releasing the film on December 18 and it’s expected to get a big awards season campaign. Many are already predicting that Chadwick will win a posthumous Oscar for his work in the movie!
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