Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in August, co-stars with Viola Davis in Netflix’s adaptation of August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Written by: Lauren Turner – October 19th, 2020 10:19 pm pst

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The Oscar Buzz has begun for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Netflix just revealed the trailer for this highly anticipated adaptation of the August Wilson play by the same name. Boseman (forever our Black Panther) has been suggested as a contender for a posthumous Oscar because of his outstanding performance in the film.

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Ma Rainey tells the story of the Mother of Blues (played by Viola Davis) and her trailblazing band as they battle for musical control in a recording studio set in racially tense 1927. Boseman plays trumpeter, Levee and by the looks of the trailer he’s giving us comedy, heartbreak and that same chameleon vibe he so effortlessly portrays in every role he plays. 

Boseman passed away this August of colon cancer as the film was in post-production. Cast and crew had no idea Boseman was sick while filming and many of his closest Hollywood friends state the same. 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is produced by legendary actor Denzel Washington and also stars Taylour Paige(White Boy Rick) and Colman Domingo(If Beale Street Could Talk), and is directed by George C. Wolfe

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be released in select theaters this November before its Netflix launch December 18.

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About The Author:

Lauren Turner is a certified film critic and broadcast journalist who’s credits include  BET, MTV, The CW and host of several after shows right here at ABTV! In her free time Lauren loves filming reviews for her YouTube channel and cuddling with her cats “Peanut and Cyrus”.

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