Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist special set for Netflix debut
Netflix has released the official trailer for their upcoming special titled Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist, which will be available for streaming for 30 days, starting this Saturday, April 17. The star-studded special comes less than a year since the unexpected passing of the beloved Black Panther star, who died at the age of 43 after his four-year-long brave battle with colon cancer. You can watch the emotional video in the player below.
The trailer features interviews by Boseman’s former colleagues and friends, including acclaimed actors Viola Davis, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington and Phylicia Rashad. They honor the late actor’s legacy by remembering his works and dedication to his craft.
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist is an intimate look at the Oscar-nominated actor’s incomparable artistry and the acting process which informed his transformative performances. Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, George C. Wolfe, Branford Marsalis, Phylicia Rashad and more take us behind the scenes to explore Boseman’s extraordinary commitment to his craft.
The special will also feature Black Panther’s Danai Gurira, Andile Nebulane, and Aakomon “AJ” Jones, with the latter also previously worked with Boseman on Get on Up. Directors Brian Helgeland (42), Tate Taylor (Get On Up), and Reginald Hudlin (Marshall) will also get to celebrate Boseman’s legacy.
Before gaining worldwide recognition for his role as T’Challa/ Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he first received accolades for his first starring role in 2013’s Jackie Robinson baseball biopic 42. He followed that historic portrayal with two more: As singer James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 2017’s Marshall.
Even after his death, Boseman continues to shine with his critically acclaimed performance as Levee Green in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which earned the actor his first Golden Globe win and solo SAG win, both for Best Actor. He is also currently a frontrunner to win the Best Actor Award at this year’s Academy Awards.