Columbus’ very own Ma Rainey is coming back to life, this time being played by Viola Davis in a film for Netflix.
The movie is an adaptation of August Wilson’s award-winning play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
The play version of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a fictionalized account of the recording of Rainey’s song of the same name.
Netflix describes the movie by saying,
“When Ma Rainey, the ‘Queen of the Blues,’ makes a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927, tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer and bandmates.”
The film also stars Chadwick Boseman as trumpeter Levee, Colman Domingo as pianist Toledo, Glynn Cutler as trombonist Cutler and Michael Potts as bassist Slow Drag.
Rainey was born as Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus, Ga. in the 1880s.
Filming will begin in Pittsburgh, Pa. next month and no release date has been set.
Davis previously starred in the 2016 film adaptation of August Wilson’s play “Fences” garnering herself an Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress.