‘The United States vs Billie Holiday’ is a 2021 American biographical drama music film.
It is directed by Lee Daniels and based on the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari with a screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks.
New Slate Ventures, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Roth Kirschenbaum Films are producing with Jordan Fudge, Lee Daniels, Pamela Oas Williams, Tucker Tooley, Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum.
Executive producers include Hilary Shor, Jeremy Allen, Patty Long, Johann Hari, Cassian Elwes, Mark Bomback and Dennis Stratton.
But, what can we expect from this film? Here’s everything we know about it so far.
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‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Cast
- Andra Day as Billie Holiday
- Trevante Rhodes as Jimmy Fletcher
- Garrett Hedlund as Harry J. Anslinger
- Leslie Jordan as Reginald Lord Devine
- Miss Lawrence as Miss Freddy
- Adriane Lenox as Mrs. Fletcher
- Natasha Lyonne as Tallulah Bankhead
- Rob Morgan as Louis McKay
- Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Roslyn
- Evan Ross as Sam Williams
- Tyler James Williams as Lester Young
- Tone Bell as John Levy
- Blake DeLong as Agent Carter
- Dana Gourrier as Sadie Fagan
- Melvin Gregg as Joe Guy
- Erik LaRay Harvey as Monroe
- Ray Shell as Carl the Drummer
‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Plot
Follows the legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe.
During her career all while the Federal Department of Narcotics targeted her with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.
Inspired by her life story, The United States vs. Billie Holiday intimately evaluates her struggles with addiction, fame and heartbreaking love.
Billie Holiday helped shape American popular music with her voice and unique style, but, one song in special has become her great legacy , “Strange Fruit.”
The song ( Strange Fruit) paints an unflinching picture of racial violence, and it was an unexpected hit, but singing it brought serious consequences.
Daniels spoke on bringing Holiday’s story to the masses back in August 2020’s The Root Institute, saying:
“I was shocked, I thought she was just a drug addict and a singer. I didn’t know that she was a civil rights leader, that’s she’s probably one of our first civil rights leaders. She sang ‘Strange Fruit’ and the government didn’t want her to sing [that song.] Nobody else was singing that song. It’s a fascinating story about a woman who happened to be addicted to and struggled with drugs, but heroes are all kinds. We think that just because you’re a drug addict, you can’t be a hero, too. If I were her, I would’ve tripped too if the government wouldn’t let me sing a song.”
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‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Release date
In July 2020, Paramount Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film. The film was previously scheduled for February 12, 2021.
But in November 2020 it was moved two weeks. In December 2020, Hulu acquired distribution rights to the film in the United States. The film was finally released on February 26, 2021.
“The United States vs Billie Holiday” released on February 26, 2021.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Andra Day’s performance received praises, they criticized the screenplay and direction as unfocused.
The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Andra Day also received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance.
So, these are the major information about the film. Have you seen it? Do, share your thoughts about it in the comments section given at the end of this post.