Netflix delays preview of Chadwick Boseman film ‘Ma Rainey’

Netflix delays preview of Chadwick Boseman movie 'Ma Rainey'

Netflix delayed a digital preview of Chadwick Boseman’s final film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” concerning the 1920s legendary blues singer, whereas reiterating plans to launch the movie later this 12 months.

Following the loss of life this week of the 43-year-old actor, who impressed a era as Marvel’s “Black Panther,” the Los Gatos-based streaming firm advised those that had deliberate to attend that it was cancelling Monday’s preview occasion. “Please join us in sending your thoughts to his family and loved ones,” the corporate stated. No date has been set for the film’s launch.

“Chadwick was a superhero on screen and in life, and it’s impossible to imagine working at the level he has while valiantly battling his illness,” stated Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-chief govt and chief content material officer in a press release. “His legacy as a person and an artist will inspire millions. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.”

The film options Viola Davis within the lead because the so-called Mom of Blues within the function adaptation of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The story is advised over a tense afternoon recording session in Chicago as a band of musicians awaits the singer. The movie depicts Ma’s battle for management together with her white supervisor and producer over her music. Boseman performs the formidable trumpeter Levee who spurs the opposite musicians to share tales that can change the course of their lives. The film is directed by George C. Wolfe and produced by Denzel Washington and Todd Black.

Co-stars paid tribute, together with Davis and Colman Domingo. “Knowing him on the journey of Ma was a true gift,” Domingo stated by way of Instagram.

In information that shocked the business and his followers, Boseman had privately waged a four-year battle with colon most cancers, in accordance with a press release posted from his official Twitter account Friday. He was first recognized with Stage three colon most cancers in 2016, the identical 12 months he made his debut as comics superhero King T’Challa, a.okay.a. Black Panther, in “Captain America: Civil War.”

“Ma Rainey” will likely be Boseman’s final function movie. He had been set to star in and produce the samurai motion film “Yasuke,” set in 16th century Japan, for his personal manufacturing firm Xception Content material. He was additionally slated to reprise his Marvel function in “Black Panther 2,” which has not began manufacturing.

Tributes poured in after the announcement of Boseman’s loss of life, not solely to commemorate the affect of his roles, but additionally his continued social activism regardless of his sickness. “To use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain — what a use of his years,” President Obama stated in a tweet.

Earlier this 12 months, Boseman earned rave evaluations in Spike Lee’s Netflix film “Da 5 Bloods” as “Stormin’” Norman Earl Holloway, the fiery misplaced chief of a squad of Black troopers within the Vietnam Struggle. Lee paid tribute to the actor on Instagram.

WarnerMedia community TBS introduced it could be screening “Black Panther” Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, eight p.m. ET/PT.

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