Bessie, the biopic of blues great Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah, will premiere on HBO in May.
On Friday, HBO released the first trailer for the film giving us a first glimpse of Latifah as The Empress of the Blues. The film was directed by Dee Rees and written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilios and Rees, based on the book by Horton Foote.
Along with Latifah, the film also stars Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey, Charles S. Dutton as William “Pa” Rainey, Michael Kenneth Williams as Jack Gee, Bryan Greenberg as John Hammond, Oliver Platt as Carl Van Vechten and Mike Epps as “Richard”.
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