Ma Rainey's Black Bottom trailer: Netflix gets Chadwick Boseman's final film

Brenda Watkins
October 20, 2020

Boseman, best known for his portrayal of Black Panther in four Marvel Cinematic Universe films, died August 28; he had stage IV colon cancer and had kept his treatment out of public view, making his death at age 43 shocking news. Boseman's character is Levee, who is fictitious, but Rainey was one of the first Black professional blues singers, and also one of the first blues artists to record her performances.

An adaptation of August Wilson's play, the film, which is set in 1920's Chicago, follows the story of Ma Rainey who is locked into a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music.

Just from the trailer, I'm gonna go ahead and say ~ OSCAR BUZZ ~. She played his mother in Get on Up (2014), the James Brown biopic that had the Black Panther star expertly put on the blues as the "Godfather of Soul". If that were to happen, and both campaigns were successful, that would make Boseman the first actor in history to receive two posthumous nominations.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will be shown in selected theaters in the U.S. before it premieres on Netflix on December 18.

After keeping his cancer diagnosis private, Boseman's death shocked the entertainment world and fans, with most people not aware he had been ill.

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She continued: "Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity".

Most obviously you've got Boseman himself.

"Rest well prince. May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest".

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom's plot synopsis: "Produced by Denzel Washington, the Netflix original film stars Academy Award victor Viola Davis as legendary 1920s blues singer Ma Rainey".

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