Thanks to the upcoming Netflix special, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, visuals of Chadwick Boseman‘s final movie role surfaced this week.
Based on August Wilson’s 1982 Broadway play, the film finds Boseman acting as Levee, the horn player for blues legend Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Ma may be the star attraction, but Levee has big dreams of having a band of his own. “I’m gonna get me a band and make me some records,” Boseman says in the trailer. “I know how to play real music. Not this jugband s–t.” Watch the video here.
Following his untimely, late-August death this has become a highly anticipated film, featuring Chadwick Boseman in his final full length feature. In addition to his leading role as T’Challa in the Academy Award winning, Black Panther, the 44 year old actor portrayed iconic black figures James Brown in Get On Up, Jackie Robinson in 42, and Thurgood Marshall,
In what now seems like a great casting decision, the show is one of several Oscars hopefuls Netflix is releasing this year. It joins Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, David Fincher’s “Mank” and Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy in the race to the Academy Awards. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom hits select theaters in November and will stream on Netflix beginning on December 18th.
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