Netflix releases first look at Ma Rainey film starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman

Netflix releases first look at Ma Rainey film starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman
Viola Davis presents the Hollywood breakout actress award at the 23rd annual Hollywood Film Awards on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) (Source: Chris Pizzello)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Netflix has released the first images from ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,' a film about the Columbus native who grew up to become The Mother of Blues.

Ma Rainey was born as Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus in the 1880s before becoming a pioneer in the world of Blues.

But now Rainey is coming back to life, this time played by Viola Davis.

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The film, which also features the late Chadwick Boseman in his final role, is an adaptation of August Wilson’s award-winning play of the same name.

The play is a fictionalized account of the recording of Ma Rainey’s song also of the same name.

The Netflix synopsis of the film reads,

Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson’s play.

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ premieres December 18 on Netflix.

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