The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

Biography, Drama, General Film, Music, Trevante Rhodes

Director: Lee Daniels

Writer(s): Johann Hari (novel), Suzan-Lori Parks

Starring: Andra Day, Leslie Jordan, Miss Lawrence, Natasha Lyonne, Trevante Rhodes, Dusan Dukic, Erik LaRay Harvey, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Koumba Ball, Kate MacLellan, Kwasi Songui, Adriane Lenox, Letitia Brookes, Tyler James Williams, Warren ‘Slim’ Williams, Orville Thompson, Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Corbett, Damian Joseph Quinn, Robert Alan Beuth, Randy Davison, Melvin Gregg, Kevin Hanchard, Jono Townsend, Morgan Moore, Ray Shell, Arlen John Bonnar, Furly Mac, Blake DeLong, Andrew Zadel, Tristan D. Lalla, Alex Bisping, Don Anderson, Amanda Strawn, Charleine Charles, Evan Ross, Sylvia Stewart, Daphné Archer, Anita Lee, Tony Chao, Linda Sauvé, Alain Goulem, Ramona Clyke, Laurent Beaudin, Alika Autran, Kim Feeney, Diana Carmen Ratycz, Tone Bell, Richard Jutras, Richard Jutras, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Higgins, Marc Essertaize, Nealla Gordon, Len Blavatnik, Christopher Ricardo Price, Taryn Brown, Zuri Hawkins, Elizabeth Eveillard, Dana Gourrier, Clauter Alexandre, Elikya Tupula, Penande Estime, Nefertari Zanyah Brewster-Griffith, Joe Cobden, Ronda Louis-Jeune, Maxime Paradis, Sarah Levesque, Simon Alain, L. Fernando Becerra Sánchez, Jay Chevery, Eric Clark, Karl Graboshas, Philippe Hartmann, Arthur Holden, Picardy Jean-Pierre, Mark Antony Krupa, Yvanna-Rose Leblanc, Cat Lemieux, Guy Letourneau, Liana Lewis, Miryam Magri, Alain Marier, Franklin McCay, Jesse Mitchell, Christopher Wyllie

Synopsis: Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

Release Date: February 26, 2021 (USA) | Length: 130 min | Genre: Biography, Drama, Music | MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong drug content, sexual content, nudity, language throughout, some lynching images and violence.

Note: There is a documentary that was recently announced with the same title. Title changed from “Billie” to “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday”. Lakeith Stanfield was in the original cast list but isn’t currently. He may have been replaced by Trevante Rhodes. The February 12, 2021 release date was moved to February 26, 2021, replacing Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse. Hulu recently picked up this project. I wasn’t able to identify Taryn Brown (Billie at 10 years old), Nefertari Zanyah Brewster-Griffith (older daughter) or Zuri Hawkins (little girl in brothel) without seeing the movie.