In an exclusive interview with legendary director George C. Wolfe, by WSJ. Magazine, he describes working with Chadwick Boseman on his “raw and explosive” final role. Viola Davis, who plays Ma, and co-star Colman Domingo also weigh in on Chadwick Boseman, the project, and its meaning.
Ahead of the release of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ the Netflix adaptation of August Wilson’s play, Wolfe discusses the film’s examination of Black life, the cast, and more. George C. Wolfe completed post-production work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in June. The film, starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, was locked and ready to go, well in advance of its planned theatrical release on November 25 and its Netflix debut on December 18. Which, in light of the rapidly unfolding events of mid-2020, proved frustrating to its director.