HBO gives “Bessie” a May release date and shares new photos

HBO finally has a release date for out filmmaker Dee ReesBessie Smith biopic, Bessie. The film, starring Queen Latifah as the legendary bisexual performer, will premiere on Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Check out some photos of the women in the cast, including Tika Sumpter as Bessie’s lover, Lucille, and Mo’Nique as queer blues singer Ma Rainey.

Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith01. Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith

Khandi Alexander as Bessie’s sister, Viola04. Khandi Alexander as Viola

Mo’Nique as another queer legend, Ma Rainey02. Mo'Nique as Ma Rainey

Tika Sumpter as Lucille, “a performer and romantic interest”07. Tika Sumpter as Lucillephotos: Frank Masi/HBO