Chadwick Boseman pictured in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – his last acting role before his death | Ents & Arts News

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Netflix has released photos of Chadwick Boseman in what would have been his last acting role before his death.

Boseman, died in August after four years of struggle with colon cancer, will perform posthumously alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The film, set in 1920s Chicago, tells the story of “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey, who fights with her white manager and producer for control of her music.

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Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in the upcoming Netflix movie My Rainey Black Bottom. Pic: David Lee / Netflix
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Boseman plays a trumpeter in the 1920s film. Pic: David Lee / Netflix

Boseman, who is best known for his role as T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, will play a trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s session group called Levee.

Levee is “determined to claim his right to the music industry” and “drives his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.”

The film ended in August 2019, just six weeks after production began, meaning Boseman was said to have been made aware of his cancer diagnosis.

After Boseman’s death, his co-star Viola Davis tweeted: “Chadwick… no words to express my devastation at losing you.

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“Your talent, your mind, your heart, your authenticity… It was an honor to work alongside you, to know you.

“Rest well, prince … May the flights of the angels sing to you of your heavenly rest.” I love you! “

Boseman (L) plays with Viola Davis, who plays the main character. Pic: David Lee / Netflix
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Boseman plays with Viola Davis, who plays the main character. Pic: David Lee / Netflix

Boseman’s death shocked the entertainment world, with his cancer diagnosis having been almost hidden until then.

He played black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown early in his career, before making his mark as a royal Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther – the first major studio superhero film starring a predominantly African-American cast – became the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time and the highest-grossing film from a black director.

It was also the first superhero film to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is based on a play of the same name by August Wilson and was produced by Denzel Washington.

It is scheduled to be released by Netflix on December 18th.

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