Viola Davis Joins Another August Wilson Adaptation

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Viola Davis is teaming up again with Denzel Washington on an August Wilson screen adaptation. 

The duo is working on the forthcoming adaptation of Wilson’s award-winning play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Netflix. The news was announced Wednesday by the streaming giant. 

Davis will star opposite Chadwick Boseman in the Washington-produced project. Emmy winner Glynn Turman, Tony, and Olivier nominee Colman Domingo and Michael Potts round out the cast.

The story follows Ma Rainey, a blues singer in 1927 Chicago as she records her new album. Then tensions boil over between her, her white agent and producer and the bandmates.

George C. Wolfe is set to direct from a script by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Washington is producing alongside Todd Black and Dany Wolf. Constanza Romero is executive producing and Branford Marsalis has been set as the composer.

This isn’t the first time Davis nor Washington have worked on a Wilson screen adaptation. The two starred in the 2010 revival of Wilson’s Fences on Broadway and then starred in the 2016 acclaimed film adaptation of the play for which Davis won an Academy Award.