In a New York Times piece on the upcoming film, Netflix has unveiled the first images from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It is adapted from the August Wilson play of the same name.
Led by Viola Davis as Ma Rainey, the film also stars Chadwick Boseman (in his final on-screen role), Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown.
Denzel Washington (who starred with Davis in the film adaptation of Wilson’s Fences) is producing. George C. Wolfe is the director and Ruben Santiago-Hudson adapted it.
The official description: 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 (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 (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.
Check out the images below:
Photos courtesy of Netflix