Netflix to celebrate Chadwick Boseman in Portrait Of An Artist

Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent
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Chadwick Boseman’s life and career will be celebrated in Netflix special Portrait Of An Artist.

The US actor died in August last year aged 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer.

The shock death of Boseman, star of films including Black Panther and Da 5 Bloods, rocked Hollywood.

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He will be remembered in the Netflix special.

The streaming giant is home to Boseman’s final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, for which he is widely tipped to win the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of an anguished jazz musician.

A trailer for Portrait Of An Artist featured Boseman’s collaborators including Viola Davis, Spike Lee and Danai Gurira.

“I’m Chadwick Boseman,” the late star says in the teaser. “I am an artist. People call me an actor, I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an actor, I would call myself an artist.”

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Chadwick Boseman’s life and career will be celebrated in a Netflix special (Ian West/PA)

Davis, who starred alongside Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, says: “You know you have to step up when you’re in his presence.”

And Da 5 Bloods director Lee says, “he just had this weight, this aura”.

Boseman’s final performance has been honoured with major prizes this awards season, including a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

He is considered the frontrunner for the best actor Oscar ahead of the ceremony on April 25.

If Boseman wins, he will join the likes of Peter Finch and Heath Ledger in winning a posthumous Academy Award.

Chadwick Boseman: Portrait Of An Artist Special premieres on Netflix on April 17.