Netflix Unveils “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Trailer

Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman, and Chadwick Boseman in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

The streaming giant has unveiled the first official look of its August Wilson feature adaptation. 

Netflix dropped the trailer for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring Viola Davis, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, and the late Chadwick Boseman. The film marks Boseman’s posthumous and last performance. 

The film, a part of a major deal with Netflix to turn nine of Wilson’s iconic plays into films, was penned by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and directed by George C. Wolfe.

In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, tensions and temperatures escalate throughout the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago.

During a press event, Davis said, “Chadwick was an artist. That’s who he was. He loved it. He demanded it in every single way. He was incredible.” Director Wolfe added, “Chadwick put his entire being into Levee. Levee demands that herculean scale of the role. He’s a phenomenal character. [Boseman] put every ounce of energy, heart, and passion [into it].”

Check out the trailer below.