I kinda wish they had gone with casting Joey Arias, but this looks absolutely AMAZING.
In the new movie, The United States vs Billie Holiday, Andra Day stars as the eternally iconic singer Billie Holiday, and shines a light on what happened when her 1939 song about lynching, “Strange Fruit,” made her a target of the FBI.
“When you think of Civil Rights leaders, you think of men,” director Lee Daniels says. “When you think of Billie Holiday, you think of this brilliant tortured jazz singer that happened to have been a drug addict. I didn’t know that she kicked off the Civil Rights movement. Before there was a Civil Rights movement, there was Billie Holiday and ‘Strange Fruit.’ The government saw that song as a threat and she was a target. That’s history and they keep it from us.”
Day, in her first significant acting role, appears opposite Trevante Rhodes, who plays “a mysterious figure who surfaces backstage one night and turns out to have more complicated motivations than those of a mere fan.” The always yummy Garrett Hedlund is Harry Anslinger, the leader of the FBI’s anti-drug efforts, who is targeting Holiday, and our girl Natasha Lyonne plays the equally iconic Tallulah Bankhead.
Give her ALL the awards now.