Andra Day Is Billie Holiday In Chilling Trailer For New Hulu Biopic
Written by Black Voices on January 11, 2021
Audiences on Monday obtained a primary have a look at Andra Day as Billie Vacation with the discharge of the primary trailer for a hotly anticipated biopic.
Directed by Lee Daniels, “The US vs. Billie Vacation” takes an intimate have a look at the legendary jazz vocalist. The movie is billed as a portrait of a “fierce trailblazer whose defiance via music helped usher within the civil rights motion” and had been meant for a theatrical run earlier than COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. It now’s slated for a Feb. 26 launch on Hulu.
“Whether or not you’re new to the story and legacy of Billie Vacation or know each observe she ever sang, I do hope our celebration of this complicated girl does justice to an incredible musical legend and civil rights activist whose artistry resonates as effectively at present, because it did 80 years in the past,” Daniels, whose credit embody the 2009 movie “Valuable” and the Fox TV collection “Empire,” stated in a press launch. “Hulu releasing this movie and giving it a platform to be seen nationwide is a blessing, as a result of as current occasions reveal, our nation has a lot work to do in fulfilling its promise of a extra excellent union.”
Vacation rose to fame in Harlem’s nightclub scene and, in 1938, turned one of many first Black girls to entrance an all-white band. Her recordings of songs like “God Bless the Youngster” and “I’ll Be Seeing You” stay requirements.
With a screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks, “The US vs. Billie Vacation” focuses totally on the creation of Vacation’s 1939 music about lynching, “Unusual Fruit,” which made her a goal for the FBI.
The movie, which additionally stars Trevante Rhodes and Natasha Lyonne, marks Day’s first important performing function. The California-born singer-songwriter obtained a Grammy nomination for her 2015 debut album, “Cheers to the Fall.”
Vacation died from drug and alcohol-related issues in 1959 at age 44. She was memorably portrayed by Diana Ross in 1972’s “Girl Sings the Blues.” In 2014, actor Audra McDonald received a Tony Award for enjoying Vacation in Broadway’s “Girl Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” and two years later, obtained an Emmy nomination for the function when that manufacturing was filmed for an HBO broadcast.
In an interview printed Monday, Day stated she strove to painting Vacation as not having a “sufferer mentality.”
“She was Black, at the moment on this nation, interval, however she was not a sufferer within the thoughts,” she advised V Journal. “I hope it is a revelation.”
Watch the trailer for “The US vs. Billie Vacation” under.
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