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First Look Images: Chadwick Boseman Stars With Viola Davis in Netflix's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'

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In one of Chadwick Boseman's last projects before the actor's death, he's starring with Viola Davis in Netflix's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM. Netflix has released the first look images from the movie. Certainly these new images will evoke sadness that this great person and actor is no longer with us.

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM is based on legendary blues singer often called, "Mother of the Blues" and adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play. Denzel Washington produced the Netflix film, and Branford Marsalis will provide the score.

Boseman plays a trumpeter who's angling for Ma's girlfriend and his own career in the business.

Take a look at the images and synopsis below.

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM will premiere December 18.

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Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

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Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

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