Netflix delays preview of Chadwick Boseman’s last film, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Netflix was set to offer a preview of Chadwick Boseman's final film on Monday

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As the world continues to mourn the unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman, Netflix announced on Monday that it will be delaying the virtual preview event that had been scheduled for his last film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Yahoo reports that the event was meant to take place Monday as a sneak peek of the film which co-stars Boseman, Viola Davis, and Colman Domingo.

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However, following the prolific actor’s tragic death on Friday, a spokesperson announced in a statement via ET Canada that the streaming service was taking a beat to let everyone process what they see as “an incredible loss.”

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“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,” read the statement. “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.”

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With Oscar-winner Davis in the title role, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is a film that follows the rising “tensions and temperatures over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago, as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary ‘Mother of the Blues,’ Ma Rainey.”

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According to the synopsis, “Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Boseman) – who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry – spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.”

As we previously reported, over the weekend, Twitter announced that Boseman’s final post was the most liked tweet ever in the history of the platform.

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