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Denzel Washington is taking a step behind the screen to direct an adaptation of August Wilson’s award-winning play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. As if this news isn’t epic enough take a look at the film’s A-list cast.

Viola Davis.  

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This How To Get Away With Murder star won an Oscar the last time she worked with Washington in Fences.

Chadwick Boseman

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Boseman recently picked up an award at the NAACP Image Awards. 

Glynn Turman

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This actor became near and dear to our hearts during A Different World.

Colman Domingo

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We were completely wowed by his performance in ‘The Birth of A Nation.’

Michael Potts

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Who can forget him in The Wire?

Though originally created with HBO, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be released on Netflix as part of a multi-film deal featuring Wilson’s works and will portray the life of The Mother Of Blues, Ma Rainey, whose real name is Gertrude Pridgett.

One of the playwrights most iconic pieces of work, the play premiered in the mid-’80s and ran for 276 performances. The original cast featured Theresa Merritt as the lead and John Carpenter, Charles S. Dutton, Leonard Jackson, Robert Judd, Christopher Loomis, Aleta Mitchell, and Joe Seneca.

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