First look at Chadwick Boseman in final film ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Boseman stars alongside Viola Davis in the Netflix film adapted from August Wilson's play

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Netflix has unveiled the first look at Chadwick Boseman in the upcoming film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Produced by Denzel Washington and directed by George C. Wolfe, the film is adapted from August Wilson‘s iconic play.

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On Wednesday, the streamer shared the first look of Boseman in the project and announced the film’s premiere date on social media.

Chadwick Boseman died in August after a private, four-year battle with colon cancer. Netflix canceled a promo event that was scheduled to occur days after his death, but here’s what we know about the project that also stars Viola Davis:

Tensions and temperatures rise 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 (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). 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 (Chadwick 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, truths and lies that will forever change the course of their lives.

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom premieres December 18 on Netflix.

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