Hulu Announces The United States vs. Billie Holiday Debut February 26

Suzan-Lori Parks

Hulu has released the trailer for Lee Daniels' upcoming biopic The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, which specifically focuses on the USA government's attempts at preventing her from singing her song Strange Fruit. Directed by Lee Daniels', the film follows the legendary jazz musician, played by singer-songwriter Andra Day, through the 1940s when she found herself targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics.

Penned by renowned playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, The United States vs Billie Holiday is based on Johan Hari's 2015 book, Chasing the Scream. Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey also star.

As Holiday becomes more successful in her music career, she uses her platform to further the civil rights movement. "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 flawless union".

Disney-owned USA streaming service Hulu has acquired the U.S. rights to director Lee Daniels' Billie Holiday film.


We have some powerful dialogues from the trailer.

"It's a song about important things, you know?" I sent her to an acting coach because she had not acted before.

If you're unfamiliar, the Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that they first targeted the prolific singer because of her history with substance abuse. "Change it up a little bit you know... blacks and whites sitting together" - Andra Day " Which one of my songs is your favorite song?" "When you think of Billie Holiday, you think of this brilliant tortured jazz singer that happened to have been a drug addict".

"When you think of Civil Rights leaders, you think of men", Daniels said in a statement.

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