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A Virtual screening of Chadwick Boseman’s final completed film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has been cancelled by Netflix.

The streaming platform was due to hold a virtual preview event for the film with star Viola Davis and director George C Wolfe on Monday, which would have premiered new footage and seen them take part in a Q&A.

Netflix in a statement said, “We are heartbroken over today’s news of the passing of Chadwick Boseman, a ‘true fighter’ as his family called him in their poignant tribute. This is an incredible loss. We are cancelling Monday’s preview event of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Please join us in sending your thoughts to his family and loved ones.”

Chadwick Boseman

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom follows the rising tensions and temperatures over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago, as a band of musicians awaits trailblazing performer, the legendary ‘Mother of the Blues,’ Ma Rainey. Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. Chadwick Boseman stars as trumpeter Levee, who is keen to make his mark and impress Ma’s girlfriend, prompting him to fan the flames of underlying tensions in the studio. The film also stars Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

Chadwick Boseman died on August 28, 2020, after privately dealing with colon cancer for four years.

By: Dammy Eneli

See Also: Michael B. Jordan Shares Emotional Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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