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Netflix Delays Virtual Preview Event For MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM Following the Death of Chadwick Boseman

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is currently still scheduled to release later this year.

Netflix has delayed a virtual preview event for for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" following the death of Chadwick Boseman, who stars in the film.

The preview event was originally set for Monday.

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Boseman, best known for his performance in Black Panther, has died at age 43 due to stage IV colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2016.

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is currently still scheduled to release later this year. The film also stars Viola Davis and Colman Domingo, and is based on the acclaimed August Wilson play of the same name.

"Working with Chadwick on Ma Rainey was a glorious experience," said the film's director, George C. Wolfe. "Every day we all got to witness the ferocity of his talent and the gentleness of his heart. A truly blessed, loving, gifted and giving human being."

Denzel Washington, who produced the film, said, "He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist,who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career. God bless Chadwick Boseman."

Todd Black, another producer on the film said, "Chadwick had a remarkable love of his craft and he brought strength and light to the set of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' every day. His fearless, powerful performances are a gift that will live on and continue to inspire."

Read more touching tributes to Boseman below, including from his castmates Viola Davis and Colman Domingo.

Our ancestor August Wilson brought us together, now you're with him among all else pure and THEE great. Great is you. Who you've been to US. You cared so much. It is immeasurable what I learned from you. We would rehearse rehearse rehearse. We'd try again. We'd try it this way and that way again. we'd play and laugh with George and try again and fail. We PLAYED. We are only afforded so many roles to play. I was so happy to lend myself to the bigger part of it with YOU. I was so in awe of all of you. You used everything God gave you. You helped me feel good about my desire to find the freedom in our scenes. You supported my innate desire to play. Helped not overthink it so damn much. You blessed us all beyond belief. Beyond. Fly on beautiful ancestor. thank you. I know you'll wrap beautiful Taylor and your family in your grace. You were grace personified. I am so honored to be your Dussie Mae. You are forever my Levee. You are forever our king. Wakanda forever. ♾ love you forever Chadwick. see you again boundlessly.

A post shared by Taylour Paige (@taylour) on Aug 28, 2020 at 9:18pm PDT


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