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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Opening at December 18, 2020 on Netflix.

Drama, Music

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the final film starring Chadwick Boseman.

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians awaits trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Viola 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 (Chadwick 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.

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

Director: George C. Wolfe

Writers: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Jonny Coyne, Michael Potts


Chadwick BosemanLevee
Viola DavisMa Rainey
Glynn TurmanToledo
Colman DomingoCutler
Taylour PaigeDussie Mae
Jonny CoyneSturdyvant
Michael PottsSlow Drag
Jeremy ShamosIrvin
Joshua HartoPoliceman
Dusan BrownSylvester
Phil NardozziDeli worker
Jordan RhoneDelivery Boy
Tony AmenLaborer
Gregory BromfieldShop Owner
James CiesielskiLaborer
Brent FeitlBiker
Antonio FierroLaborer
Ronnell HuntBusiness Owner
Sienna JeffriesLooper
Daniel JohnsonChicago Worker
Nathaniel JohnsonConcert Guest
William KaniaLaborer
Malik Abdul KhaaliqLaborer / Worker
Scott MathenyPedestrian
Chris McCailGambler
Shane McNairLaborer
Roger PetanBusinessman
Patrick RaffaeleLaborer
DaJuan Manwell RippyTeenager
Eric SharpeRecording Studio Worker
Remington SinclairAudience Member
Sierra StewartDancer
Tru Verret-FlemingHotel Patron
Jacob WrightLaborer

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