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Chadwick Boseman suits up as 1920s musician in first images from final movie role

The late actor Chadwick Boseman goes back to the 1920s in a still from his final movie, Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, in which he plays a horn player.

The Black Panther star, who passed away in late August (2020) following a secret four-year battle with colon cancer, completed production on the forthcoming movie shortly before his passing.

On Wednesday (September 30, 2020), officials from the streaming service tweeted four photos from the upcoming drama, which explores racial tensions in Chicago, Illinois in 1927, and stars Boseman as a musician for blues singer Ma Rainey, played by Viola Davis.

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The screenplay was adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson from Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s 1982 play and centers on a recording session during which Ma Rainey clashes with her white manager and producer over control of her music.

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Chadwick’s character Levee also seeks to influence her recordings to further his own career, instigating a web of lies that paves the way for a dramatic climax.

The film will premiere on Netflix on December 18, 2020.

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