PICS | Chadwick Boseman in his final movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
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  • Netflix has released first look images of Chadwick Boseman's final film.
  • The Black Panther actor plays a trumpet player in the film adaptation of August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
  • The film will be premiere on the streaming service Friday, 18 December.

Netflix has released first look images of Chadwick Boseman in his final movie, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

The film, based on August Wilson's play, is directed by George C Wolfe and stars Viola Davis as real-life singer Ma Rainey, aka Mother of the Blues, and Chadwick as a trumpet player, Levee.

Set in the 1920s, 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 spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives, reads the official synopsis.


The Black Panther actor died in August at the age of 43 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer.

In an interview with the New York Times, Denzel Washington, who is a producer on the film said about Chadwick: "He did a brilliant job, and now he's gone."

Sharing her experience working with him on the film Viola said she never knew he was sick.

"I'm looking back at how tired he always seemed. I look at his beautiful, unbelievable team that was meditating over him and massaging him, and I now realise everything they were trying to infuse in him to keep him going and working at his optimal level. And he received it."

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom releases on the streaming service on Friday, 18 December.

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