Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – we first caught wind of this one last month and we’ve since been anticipating more info around it, and officially from yesterday we now do. Coming to Netflix on 18th December, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom features quite the cast both on and off screen, some of these prominent names are Denzel Washington who serves as one of the producers and in the lead roles are the magestic Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman.
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.
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. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.
This is easily one of those that doesn’t need too much convincing to watch especially when you also consider what happened the last time Denzel Washington and Viola Davis linked up. Powerhouse cast, music related, fantastic humans involved in the background and on Netflix … what more could one ask for?
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