Chadwick Boseman Has 1 Last Film Coming Out — Check Out These Exclusive First Images

The world is still reeling from the recent death of actor Chadwick Boseman. The iconic actor died on Aug. 28 after a private battle with colon cancer that had been affecting him for years. And while many in the film world are still grieving, others are doing what they can to uphold Boseman’s legacy.

Despite Boseman’s recent death, Netflix announced it will be releasing Boseman’s final film. Co-starring Viola Davis as the lead, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be available for streaming in December. The film focuses on one of Ma Rainey’s recording sessions and the larger conversations that surround it. 

Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death shocked many

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Boseman’s death came as a shock to many. Only a few people close to him knew about his condition, so most of the entertainment world was surprised to find out he’d been battling with colon cancer for several years. Boseman died at 43 after living with colon cancer since 2016, according to WebMD.

Few knew about Boseman’s condition because he managed to keep his treatments a secret while filming. According to a statement on his Twitter account, Boseman had been through “countless surgeries and chemotherapy” treatments while filming several of his most recent movies, including Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman is starring in 1 more film on Netflix

Although Boseman’s recent death is still a difficult subject for many fans to handle, some television networks and distribution platforms have continued screening Boseman’s work. Netflix, in particular, will posthumously release Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a new film starring Boseman. 

Based on August Wilson’s stage play of the same name, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is directed by George C. Wolfe and features Viola Davis starring as Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues. Boseman stars in the film as a band member, alongside Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts. Denzel Washington and Todd Black are producers, according to Deadline.

The NetflixFilm Twitter account recently shared some exclusive photos from the upcoming film, which will be available for streaming Dec. 18.

Boseman is known for starring in biopics

Although Boseman made a name for himself playing a range of roles, he did particularly well in biopics. Often cast as a rendition of important historical figures, Boseman starred in 42, a film about Jackie Robinson, and Get On Up, which chronicled the life of James Brown. Both films performed modestly at the box office, but Boseman’s performance in 42 was his breakthrough that led to future opportunities.

While Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will likely not be as popular as the blockbuster Black Panther, it will surely be a welcome reminder of Boseman’s greatness, even if he’s no longer here.