Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

An American drama film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Which is founded on the play of the same name by August Wilson. Whereas, the film was directed by George C. Wolfe.
The film is produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black, and Dany Wolf. The film is dedicated to the filming of Ma Rainey’s film “Mother of the Blues” in Chicago in 1927. It stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman (most recently in the film), as well as Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts.


During daytime recordings in Chicago in the 1920s, increases incredibly tension and temperatures that await legendary “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Towards the end of the session, the brave and passionate Ma engages battling white managers and producers to control his music. While the band waits in the studio’s rehearsal room, the ambitious trumpet player Levee (Chadwick Boseman), determined to take notice of Ma’s girlfriend and make demands for the music industry. And, tells other musicians stories, truth, and words. Call to share. Spread the lies that will change their lives forever.

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Major Casts And Characters In The Film

• Viola Davis as Ma Rainey
• Chadwick Boseman as Levee
• Glynn Turman as Toledo
• Colman Domingo as Cutler
• Michael Potts as Slow Drag
• Taylour Paige as Dussie Mae
• Dusan Brown as Sylvester
• Jonny Coyne as Sturdyvant
• Jeremy Shamos as Irvin

Release Date

The film is scheduled to be released in selected theaters in November, followed by Netflix on December 18, 2020.


Denzel Washington originally signed with HBO to direct nine plays by the playwright of August Wilson plays, including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. As of June 2019, Netflix transactions have been pending. The film, directed by George C. Wolfe, stars Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts. In July 2019, the cast was joined by Taylour Paige, Johnny Coyne, Jeremy Shamos, and Dusan Brown. Filming began on July 8, 2019, in Pittsburgh. The set was modified in Chicago in 1927 and packaged on August 16, 2019. On 28 August 2020, Boseman died of colon cancer during post-production. Made “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” last appearance in the film.