Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Shows the Struggles of Musicians in Twenties Chicago
While Davis plays the legendary blues musician, Boseman is in the role of a young and ambitious trumpeter by the name of Levee. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is centered around an afternoon recording session in Twenties Chicago. In it, Rainey grapples for control over her career and music with her white manager and producer. While Rainey is running late to the session, tensions start rising between the musicians who are waiting for her, and much of it is caused by the young trumpeter who dreams of striking it big and making it on his own.
Davis and Boseman Play Opposing Roles In Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The trailer shows the dueling storylines of Ma and Levee, who struggle to navigate their way in exploitative and ruthless music industry. Naturally, their journeys collide once the session actually does start, and it becomes clear that the musical differences between Levee and Ma are compounded even more by the fact that Levee has also taken a liking for Ma’s girlfriend, Dussie Mae, who is played by Taylor Paige.
The director of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is George C. Wolfe, and the adaptation also stars Michael Potts, Colman Domingo, Dusan Brown, and Glynn Turman. The movie will be the last to feature Chadwick Boseman, who died this August at the age of 43 after losing the battle with colon cancer. The Black Panther star has also been suggested for a posthumous Oscar for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He is also suggested for a posthumous, best-supporting actor nomination for Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.