Viola Davis; Chadwick Boseman

20th Century Fox; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Netflix's upcoming movie adaptation of the play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" has some high-profile stars.

The streamer announced the project Wednesday, and it boasts stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Their cast mates include Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts. They'll all be directed by George C. Wolfe.

The story centers on Ma Rainey, the "Queen of the Blues," as she makes a record in a studio in Chicago in 1927. In the process, tension boils between her, her white agent and producer, and her band mates. Ruben Santiago-Hudson has been tasked with adapting it for screen. He's working from the award-winning play by August Wilson.

This project adds to Davis and Boseman's ever-growing lists of credits. He is well-known for starring in the MCU as T'Challa and will be seen in the upcoming "21 Bridges." Davis, an Academy Award winner, recently starred in "Widows" and has a key role in the upcoming "Troop Zero."

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" will reunite Davis with Denzel Washington. They previously shared the Broadway stage in 2010 for the revival of "Fences," another play written by Wilson. Davis then went on to star in Washington's 2016 movie adaptation of the work. He's now producing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," alongside Todd Black and Dany Wolf. Constanza Romero will serve as an executive producer.

The project is set to begin shooting in July in Pittsburgh. No release date has been announced yet, but we can look forward to the film will eventually making its way onto Netflix.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
"It would be an empty world without the blues."
R1 hr 34 minNov 25th, 2020