Netflix has delayed the virtual premiere of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” starring Chadwick Boseman in his last role.
Chadwick passed away on Friday (August 28) at age 43 after privately battling colon cancer for four years.
In a statement, a Netflix spokesperson wrote:
“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. 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.”
The virtual premiere was slated to take place on Monday (August 31).
The film, which deals with racial tensions in Chicago in 1927 between Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), her Black horn player and a white management team, is directed by George C. Wolfe and based on a 1982 play by Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson.
I will let you know when a new release date is announced.