Pictures of Chadwick Boseman’s final role have been revealed, ahead of the release of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The adaptation of August Wilson’s 1982 play sees Viola Davis play ‘Mother of the Blues’ Ma Rainey in a fateful recording session, set against the backdrop racial tensions in Chicago in 1927.
The film marks the last movie appearance of Boseman, who died aged 43 last month after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Netflix has released pictures from the drama ahead of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’s release in December, and Boseman takes centre stage in the role of musician Levee.
Stills see the actor in a pinstripe blazer and a hat, as well as playing the trumpet behind Davis’s Ma Rainey.
Oscar winner Davis, 55, told the New York Times: ‘An actor of Chadwick’s status usually comes on and it’s their ego who comes on before them: This is what they want, this is what they’re not going to do.
’That was absolutely, 150 percent off the table with Chadwick. He could completely discard whatever ego he had, whatever vanity he had, and welcome Levee in.’
The How To Get Away With Murder actress previously paid tribute to Boseman following the news of his tragic death, tweeting: ‘Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….
‘Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you!’
And director George C. Wolfe has previously described making the movie with Boseman as ‘a glorious experience’.
He said: ‘Everyday we all got to witness the ferocity of his talent and the gentleness of his heart. A truly blessed, loving, gifted and giving human being.’
A virtual preview of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which was produced by Denzel Washington, was initially planned for earlier this month, but was delayed following Boseman’s death.
However, Netflix confirmed the movie would still be released this year, and has been confirmed to drop on the platform on December 18.
Boseman wrapped filming as Levee last summer, having filmed blockbusters like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, as well as 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods, during his illness.
However, he kept his cancer a secret from most people, leaving Hollywood stunned when it was confirmed in a statement from his family that he had passed away on August 28.
The statement read: ‘It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
‘Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
‘It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
‘He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.’
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is out December 18.
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