Chadwick Boseman lives on in his final film as the swaggering 1920s trumpeter Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
Chadwick Boseman may have left the realm of the living far too early at the age of 43, but the Black Panther star’s legacy will be further cemented with the release of his starring role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which will stand as his final onscreen performance.
Netflix has released the Trailer Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a historical drama set in 1927 Chicago, in which Viola Davis co-stars as the eponymous Ma Rainey, a popular Southern singer dubbed the “Mother of Blues,” who’s come to the Second City for a crucial recording session; an endeavor complicated by her ambitious, machinations-making trumpeter, Levee (Boseman), and clashes with her manager—and other elements of the white-dominated music industry—over the creative direction of the music.
“Ma Rainey” is Boseman’s last feature film. He had been set to star in and produce the samurai action movie “Yasuke,” set in 16th century Japan, for his own production company, Xception Content. He was also slated to reprise his Marvel role of the superhero king T’Challa in “Black Panther 2.”
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