First look: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Netflix has released the first images from its upcoming film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It starts Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman and has been talked about as a possible awards contender.

Based on August Wilson’s award-winning play of the same name, the film follows the story of trailblazing blues singer Ma Rainey, portrayed by Davis. Set in 1927 Chicago, the movie grapples with issues of race, music, relationships and the exploitation of Black recording artists.

Boseman played Ma’s boyfriend Levee, a young, ambitious trumpeter who aspired to make his own mark in the music industry.

The film is directed by George C Wolfe and also stars Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts. 

It will be released on 18th December.

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