For fans of Chadwick Boseman, it may still be difficult to believe the actor is gone. But despite his death from colon cancer in August at the age of 43, some of his final performances are just now being seen.
Netflix recently released a trailer for the streaming platform’s upcoming movie “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom."
The movie is based on the play of the same name written by August Wilson as part of “The Pittsburgh Cycle” series, and is the only one based in Chicago.
Watch the trailer here.
The film stars Viola Davis as real-life blues singer Ma Rainey, The Associated Press reported.
Boseman is her trumpet player, Levee, who wanted to launch his career playing newer versions of Rainey’s songs, the AP reported.
The film was produced by Denzel Washington who starred, directed and produced another of Wilson’s Pittsburgh plays, “Fences,” for the big screen.
It was scored by Branford Marsalis, directed by George. C. Wolfe and adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Playbill reported.
Wolfe said Boseman “put his entire being into the part," the AP reported.
This isn’t the first time Boseman and Davis appeared together in a film.
The Oscar-winning actress played his mother in the James Brown biopic, “Get on Up.”
“Chadwick was just an artist. That’s just who he was," Davis said of her co-star, according to the AP.
Davis said she didn’t know that Boseman was battling late-stage cancer while filming.
Washington has plans to adapt all of Wilson’s cycle plays into film, the AP reported.
The next film Washington has planned is “The Piano Lesson,” with his son John David Washington and Samuel L. Jackson attached to the project, The New York Times reported.
Wilson was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the city’s Hill District, according to Biography.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” hits Netflix on Dec. 18, The New York Times reported.