The United States vs. Billie Holiday, a new film chronicling the life of legendary singer Billie Holiday, has received its first trailer. Directed by Lee Daniels, the biopic stars R&B singer Andra Day in the titular role and was written by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks. Watch the trailer below.
The film “unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life,” according to a press release. Lee Daniels adds: “Whether you are new to the story and legacy of Billie Holiday or know every note she ever sang, I do hope our celebration of this complex woman does justice to a great musical legend and civil rights activist whose artistry resonates as well today, as it did 80 years ago. Hulu releasing this film and giving it a platform to be seen nationwide is a blessing, because as recent events reveal, our country has much work to do in fulfilling its promise of a more perfect union.”
The film, which is out February 26 on Hulu, also stars Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence. It marks Daniels’ first film since 2013’s The Butler.