Netflix Sets December Release for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman

    The screen adaptation of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Tony and Oscar winner Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final film role, will premiere on Netflix December 18. Tony winner George C. Wolfe directs, with Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (a frequent Wilson interpreter himself) penning the screenplay.

    Based on Wilson’s 1982 play, the movie explores the exploitation of Black musicians in 1920s Chicago while centering on the title “Mother of the Blues” and her band members during a tense recording session.

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