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Netflix cancels virtual event for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

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Chadwick Boseman passes away at 43

Netflix cancels Monday’s virtual event for the upcoming drama ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ after the death of Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman, who died at 43 after a silent battle with colon cancer; features in a film based on August Wilson’s two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, along with Viola Davis and Colman Domingo, among others.

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Tens of thousands have condoled the death of Actor Chadwick Boseman. Actors, politicians, sportspeople and companies came out to pay tribute to the star. His Avengers co-stars Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Pratt have been among those who left messages on social media. US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in a tweet that the strength of Boseman was ‘bigger than anything we’ve seen on screen.’

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman passes away at 43

According to Deadline, Monday’s event was expected to feature an exclusive preview of the film along with commentary from the director of the film, George C. Wolfe and Davis.

“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,” said Netflix in an email to press when canceling Monday’s event. “This is an incredible loss.”

Netflix also paid respects to Boseman publicly, calling him a “hero in every sense,” on Twitter. “Rest in power to Chadwick Boseman whose gifts will live on forever.”

The movie is based on the August 1982 play Wilson; and follows “The Mother of Blues,” played by Fences Oscar winner Viola Davis, who clashes with her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control her in Chicago in 1927. The film also co-stars Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown alongside the score of Grammy winner Branford Marsalis.

The film is due to be released this year, although no date has been set yet.

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