A New Hulu Original, ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Is to Be Released Late February

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The Hulu Original is an impactful film about the late singer, Billie Holiday played by Andra Day.

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Hulu introduced a trailer for the new original, The United States vs. Billie Holiday to Youtube and Instagram on January 11, captioned “Her voice would not be silenced. Experience Andra Day as Billie Holiday in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’, directed by Lee Daniels. Premieres February 26, only on Hulu”.

Grammy nominee, Andra Day, known as an American singer and songwriter is making her first appearance on the big screen in this upcoming Hulu original. The trailer overviews the life of a beautiful, talented, and black jazz singer, Billie Holiday, who is forced to face racial inequalities, taking place in 1939.

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Billie Holiday’s story is a tragic yet touching one. The woman who is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol makes her an alledged target for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Shortly after her beautiful performance of the historically famous song “Strange Fruit” it wrongfully becomes another reason for authorities to get involved. The film is inspired by the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

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Day took to Instagram expressing how honored she was to be a part of the film. She captioned the post “My experience with Lee, with loving [Billie] and knowing her in the movie, is that he did not want her to have a victim mentality. She was a victim of experiencing trauma. She was Black, at that time in this country, period, but she was not a victim in the mind.”

The Twitter account for the unreleased movie features many behind the scenes and updates on the film.

Fans have since been raving about the upcoming film, as they are eager to stream The Unites States vs. Billie Holiday on Hulu on February 26.

To watch the trailer for The Unites States V.s Billie Holiday click here. To learn more about Andra Day before her on-screen premier, click here.