After Chadwick Boseman Death Netflix Delays ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Preview
Netflix has delayed a virtual preview event that had been scheduled for Monday for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” following the tragic death on Friday of Chadwick Boseman, who co-stars in the movie alongside Viola Davis and Colman Domingo.
Boseman died Friday of colon cancer, a diagnosis that he kept entirely private, which magnified the shock of his passing at the age of 43. Boseman was a major rising star who broke screen barriers for Black actors in 2018 with his lead role in the Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther.”
The acclaimed August Wilson play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” set in the late 1920s around the pioneering “queen of the blues” (played by Davis) and her band members, is destined to be one of Boseman’s last screen performances.
Chadwick Boseman Death
Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 43.
Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”).
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted to his Twitter feed. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther.’”