A virtual screening of Chadwick Boseman's final completed film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom has been cancelled by Netflix.
Originally scheduled to go ahead today (August 31), a spokesperson announced the news in a statement in which the streaming service described Chadwick's passing as "an incredible loss".
"This is an incredible loss. We are cancelling Monday's preview event of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Please join us in sending your thoughts to his family and loved ones."
Co-starring Oscar winner Viola Davis in the title role, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom follows the rising "tensions and temperatures over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago, as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary 'Mother of the Blues,' Ma Rainey."
The synopsis continues: "Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio's claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Boseman) – who has an eye for Ma's girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry – spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives."
Thousands of tributes have been paid to the late actor since his family confirmed on Friday (August 28) that he'd passed away after a battle with colon cancer.
"I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and call him forever a friend," she wrote.
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