Evan Ross, Dana Gourrier, Erik Laray Harvey Join Lee Daniels’ ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’

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Evan Ross, Dana Gourrier, Erik Laray Harvey Join Lee Daniels’ ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’
Exclusive: Lee Daniels has recruited Evan Ross, who recurred on his recently canceled Fox series Star, as well as Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight actress Dana Gourrier and Luke Cage‘s Erik Laray Harvey for his The United States vs. Billie Holiday feature.

Singer/songwriter Andra Day is taking on the role of the iconic jazz crooner known for classics like “Strange Fruit,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “God Bless the Child.” Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph will co-star.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the screenplay, which is inspired by the 2015 New York Time’s bestseller Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari.

The film, which hails from New Slate Ventures, Lee Daniels Entertainment, and Roth Kirschenbaum Films, will chronicle Holiday’s career as she was targeted by the Federal Department of
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