Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): Viola Davis as Ma Rainey. Cr. David Lee / Netflix
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.
The film stars VIOLA DAVIS (MA RAINEY) CHADWICK BOSEMAN (LEVEE) GLYNN TURMAN (TOLEDO) COLMAN DOMINGO (CUTLER) MICHAEL POTTS (SLOW DRAG) TAYLOUR PAIGE (DUSSIE MAE) DUSAN BROWN (SYLVESTER) JONNY COYNE (STURDYVANT) JEREMY RAMOS (IRVIN) JOSHUA HARTO (POLICEMAN).
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. Netflix Release Date: December 18, 2020. See movie stills below!