In the new Netflix adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, we get to see Chadwick Boseman in his last starring role before he succumbed to colon cancer recently. The streaming giant released the first look images of the film. Boseman lights up the stage with Viola Davis who plays Ma Rainey, a Southern singer dubbed the ‘Mother of the Blues’. He plays her ambitious trumpeter and boyfriend, Levee who is desperate to put a contemporary feel to Ma’s old-fashioned songs, hoping it will kickstart his own career.
Based on August Wilson’s award-winning play of the same name, the film is set in 1927 Chicago and focuses on issues of race, music, relationships and the exploitation of Black recording artists. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom also stars Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts.
Here's your first look at Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, based on August Wilson’s award-winning play from director George C. Wolfe.@MaRaineyFilm comes to Netflix 18 December. pic.twitter.com/fuMIec46KC
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) September 30, 2020
The film is directed by George C Wolfe and the screenplay is written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The upcoming film was produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington and Dany Wolf. The film will arrive on December 18 on Netflix.