Netflix unveils trailer for Chadwick Boseman's final film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Netflix has unveiled the trailer for Chadwick Boseman's final film role.

The Black Panther actor tragically passed away from colon cancer in August this year at the age of 43.

He will appear posthumously in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis and Fear the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo, and you can now watch the first promo above.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom recounts a fateful recording session in Chicago 1927, where tensions rise between legendary 'Mother of the Blues' Ma Rainey (Davis), trumpeter Levee (Boseman) and the white management determined to control her music.

Based on August Wilson's 1982 play, the film is directed by George C Wolfe and produced by Denzel Washington.

A virtual screening was due to be held at the end of August but was cancelled in the wake of Boseman's unexpected death (the actor had kept his illness private and out of the public eye).

Speaking of his performance in the film, Washington told The New York Times: "He did a brilliant job, and he's gone. I still can't believe it."

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

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His co-star Davis told ZORA: "He was not chasing the green, not chasing the money, just chasing the work.

"He has a willingness to let go of ego and almost an insistence to leave Chadwick Boseman at the door and leave that Black Panther-making-a-billion-dollars at the door."

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will be made available to stream on Netflix from December 18.

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