The star who played Black Panther died in August at the young age of 43 and was suggested as a contender for a posthumous Oscar for his stunning performance in the film. It tells the story of Ma Rainey – the “Mother of the Blues,” played by the amazing Viola Davis. The movie focuses on Ma Rainey’s battle for control with her white producer and takes place during the recording of an album at the end of her career.
Chadwick Boseman Plays the Ambitious Trumpeter Levee
Viola Davis said she did not want to compete with Chadwick’s mother, but he was her baby, giving a nod to the role she previously played portraying his mother in the James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” She added that Chadwick was an artist, and that was just what he was. She was surprised at how much he loved acting and how focused on it he was in every way, especially considering how young he was. She also said he was incredible to watch.
The final film of Chadwick Boseman is produced by Denzel Washington, who previously starred in and directed Wilson’s adaptation of Fences. There, Davis won her first Oscar. Denzel said that Chad was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist who will shine eternally with his iconic performances. Back years ago, Washington paid Boseman’s tuition for the Midsummer program of the British American Drama Academy.
Boseman Never Shared Anything About His Critical Condition and Focused On Acting
Boseman died of colon cancer this August as the film was already in its post-production phase. He chose not to let others know about his illness while he was making the film. Looking back on it, Davis remembers how he always seemed tired, realizing how hard he must have worked to stay at his optimal level.
This year Boseman starred in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”, and this role could also get him a posthumous best supporting actor nomination. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” will be released in several selected cinemas this November and will have its Netflix launch in December.