Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman have joined the cast of the Denzel Washington-produced film adaptation of August Wilson’s play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts will also star in the story of rising tensions when pioneering African-American professional blues singer Ma Rainey makes a record in a studio in 1927 Chicago. In the process, she sparks aggravation amongst herself, her white agent and producer, and her bandmates.
Rainey became one of the first generation of blues singers to record music. Filming is scheduled to commence next month in Pittsburgh. The play originally opened in 1984 starring Theresa Merritt, while a 2003 revival starred Whoopi Goldberg.
George C. Wolfe (“Lackawanna Blues,” “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks”) will direct from an adapted screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Musician Branford Marsalis will compose the score while Todd Black and Dany Wolf will also serve as producers.
Source: Screen Daily