Cast of Netflix’s The Piano Lesson

Netflix has announced the first major cast members to appear in its upcoming adaptation of the award-winning Broadway play, the piano Lesson.

First announced in March 2021, the piano Lesson is an upcoming feature film from director Malcolm Washington (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), adapting the work of August Wilson, who interpreted his final presentation at the end of January 2023.

Based on an updated synopsis, here’s what you can expect from the upcoming feature film:

“Set in 1936 Pittsburgh in the aftermath of the Great Depression, The Piano Lesson follows the life of the Charles family in the Doaker Charles home and a family heirloom. This family piano is decorated with designs carved by an enslaved ancestor.»

Today, Netflix announced the first batch of actors and actresses who will star in the piano Lesson, And how many of those who appear in the play will reprise their roles in the film? We’ll see.

  • samuel l jackson (Pulp Fiction, Avengers) as Doaker Charles
  • john david washington (BlacKKKlansman, Tenet) as Boy Willie
  • ray fisher (Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Rebel Moon) as Lymon
  • Danielle Deadwyler (Up, the more they fall)
  • Michael Potts (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Rustin) as Winning Boy
  • corey hawkin (Straight Outta Compton, The Tragedy of Macbeth)
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Cast of Netflix’s The Piano Lesson – Images courtesy of Netflix

You can already see some returning faces from the play here, Samuel L. Jackson, Washington, Fisher and Potts all appeared in the play but Deadwyler and Hawkins didn’t.

Also notably excluded from today’s list is Danielle Brooks, who played Berniece in the play, Trai Byers as Avery, and April Matthis as Grace.

Filming will reportedly begin on the new feature next week (April 17).


We will be updating our main Netflix preview soon. the piano Lessoncontaining a deeper dive into the story and making of the upcoming Netflix movie, plus exclusive information on some of the additional roles Netflix has been seeking.

As a side note, given the type of websites that appear in Netflix’s embargo email about this news, Netflix already suspects that this is a big contender for upcoming awards seasons.

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