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Netflix delays preview event of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ after Chadwick Boseman’s passing

The past few days have been so utterly depressing and only recently, we all mourn the tragic loss of the legendary Chadwick Boseman. From playing in MarshallDa 5 Bloods, to the iconic King T’Challa in Black Panther, this man redefined what it meant to become a talent of color. Many people have been celebrating Boseman’s life––from social media posts to sports celebrations, his career will be talked about for years to come.

However, the late actor was supposed to be appearing in one more film, and out of respect, Netflix has delayed the event concerning the project.

Netflix announced that they will be postponing the virtual even for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which will serve as Boseman’s first posthumous film performance. According to Deadline, the streaming giant extended their condolences as well as their plans to postpone the preview event of the film:

We are heartbroken over today’s news of the passing of Chadwick Boseman, a ‘true fighter’ as his family called him in their poignant tribute. This is an incredible loss. We are cancelling Monday’s preview event of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Please join us in sending your thoughts to his family and loved ones.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, has also given some big praise to the late actor and said:

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. 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.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom revolves around the story of the August Wilson play of the same name. The film is set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session. Ma Rainey, a jazz singer played by Viola Davis, arrives late to the session and gets into a debate with her producer and manager, who are both white, who plan to take the steering wheel of her music’s direction.

Boseman, in this case, played the role of Levee, a trumpet player who pushes his bandmates into an “eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.”

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