The first trailer for Netflix movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, has arrived, bringing an unflinching look at blues music pioneer Ma Rainey (Davis) and her road to stardom in the late 1920s. The movie is based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, who also wrote the play Fences, which was adapted into a feature film back in 2016 starring Davis and Denzel Washington.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be Boseman’s final film, following his death in August of this year. It follows his earlier Netflix release, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, which is considered an Oscar contender. Check out the trailer below.
In the film, Boseman plays Levee, Ma Rainey’s rival and a trumpeter who dreams of making his own mark on the Chicago blues scene. According to the movie’s official synopsis, it will focus on Ma Rainey’s battle against her white manager for control of her music. Levee apparently has an eye for Ma Rainey’s girlfriend and may just end up sparking a series of events that spark an “eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.”
Boseman and Davis will be joined by Coleman Domingo, Gylnn Truman, Michael Botts, and Taylour Paige. The film will be produced by Denzel Washington and directed by Tony Award Winner George C. Wolfe.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will premiere on Netflix on December 18.
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