First Look: 'Mudbound' The Jim Crow Era Drama From Netflix Starring Mary J. Blige [WATCH]
Netflix has released a first look trailer for the Jim Crow era drama, 'Mudbound' directed by African American female director, Dee Rees, and starring Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jason Clarke.
Set against the backdrop of the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow era after World War II, Mudbound follows two families – one black, one white – bound together by the hardships of farm life.
For the role of Florence, the emotional core of the movie, Director, Dee Rees only wanted the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” known for her best-selling R&B ballads. “When I read the script,” Mary J. Blige told Variety, “I was moved because it showed at the end of the day, when it all gets down to it, love has no color.” She didn’t need to audition for the part. “It definitely speaks to today’s times. It seems like everyone is a minority to him,” Blige says, alluding to Trump. “Everybody is fighting for their rights now.”
The singer/actress also shared with Entertainment Weekly that she can relate to her character Florence in Mudbound.
"When I was a kid, I used to go down South every summer. Both of my parents are from Georgia, so I know what those fields are. I know what those plantations look like. One of my aunts worked for and raised a bunch of kids in a white family. When we were kids, we saw that. She raised them. She loved them. She’s dead now, but they love her still. I got a chance to see that woman. I know who Florence is. Florence is my grandmother. Florence is my aunt."
Netflix will release the movie on its streaming service on Nov. 17, the same day it opens in select theaters.
Check out the first look teaser below:
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