Yaya DaCosta, fresh from portraying Whitney Houston, has joined jazz biopic “Bolden” opposite Nelsan Ellis, Ian McShane and Gary Carr (“Downton Abbey”).
Buddy Bolden was a New Orleans cornet player who was a key figure in the development of ragtime music.
Dan Pritzker is directing from his own script. Producers are Jon Cornick and Michele Tayler.
Prtitsker completed the first round of filming for “Bolden” in 2010 and will finish the movie with new scenes starting on Sept. 19.
DaCosta will next be seen in “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story,” directed by Angela Bassett, set for airing in early 2015. She was most recently seen in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Other credits include “Tron: Legacy” and Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” and “In Time” opposite Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake.