NETFLIX TO ADAPT AUGUST WILSON’S AWARD-WINNING PLAY “MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM” INTO A FEATURE FILM
Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts to Star
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Director: Multiple Tony Award and DGA Award-winner George C. Wolfe (Lackawanna Blues, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Writer: Ruben Santiago-Hudson to adapt the script based on the award-winning play by August Wilson
Cast: Academy Award Winner Viola Davis (Widows, Fences), Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up, Black Panther), Emmy Award Winner Glynn Turman (Mr.Mercedes, Sextuplets, How To Get Away With Murder, In Treatment), Tony and Olivier Award Nominee Colman Domingo (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Michael Potts (Show Me A Hero, True Detective).
Producers: Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington, Academy Award Nominee Todd Black and Dany Wolf
Executive Producer: Constanza Romero
Costume Designer: Academy Award winner Ann Roth
Composer: Branford Marsalis
Synopsis: When Ma Rainey, the “Queen of the Blues,” makes a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927, tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer, and bandmates.
Filming to commence next month in Pittsburgh
In 2010 Denzel Washington and Viola Davis starred in the revival of August Wilson’s Fences on Broadway. They both won Tony Awards for their roles. In 2016 Washington directed and starred alongside Viola Davis in the film adaptation of Fences which received 3 Academy Awards nominations for best film, best actor and best adapted screenplay, and an Academy Award win for Viola Davis.
June 19, 2019 6:35pm ET by Netflix