Chadwick Boseman pictured in final role as releases images from Ma ...

A month after his shock death at 43, has released the first images of Chadwick Boseman in his final role.

The actor completed production on Ma Rainey's Black Bottom before he succumbed to colon cancer after a secret four-year battle with the disease.

On Wednesday, the streaming service https://twitter.com//status/1311440690203652096 four photos from the upcoming drama which explores racial tensions in Chicago in 1927.

Curtain call: A month after his shock death at 43, Netflix has released the first images of Chadwick Boseman in his final role, as a horn player in the film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Curtain call: A month after his shock death at 43, has released the first images of Chadwick Boseman in his final role, as a horn player in the film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Boseman stars in the movie as a horn player for blues singer Ma Rainey, played by Viola Davis.

The screenplay was adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson from Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's 1982 play.

The story, set against the racial tensions of the jazz age, centers on a recording session during which Ma Rainey clashes with her white manager and producer over control of her music.

Boseman's character Levee also seeks to influence her recordings to further his own career and truth and lies are spun within the confines of the claustrophobic rehearsal room as the drama reaches a climax. 

The film will premiere on on December 18. 

Period drama: Boseman plays trumpeter Levee who accompanies blues singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) at a recording session in Chicago in 1927 in an adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 play

Period drama: Boseman plays trumpeter Levee who accompanies blues singer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) at a recording session in Chicago in 1927 in an adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 play

Racial divide: The story, set against the racial tensions of the jazz age, centers on Ma Rainey's clashes with her white manager and producer over control of her music

Racial divide: The story, set against the racial tensions of the jazz age, centers on Ma Rainey's clashes with her white manager and producer over control of her music

Tribute: Davis, who won an Oscar for 2016's Fences, told the NY Times that Boseman had poured himself fully into the role, discarding 'whatever ego he had, whatever vanity he had'

Tribute: Davis, who won an Oscar for 2016's Fences, told the NY Times that Boseman had poured himself fully into the role, discarding 'whatever ego he had, whatever vanity he had'

Davis, who won an Oscar for 2016's Fences, told the NY Times that Boseman had poured himself fully into the role.

'An actor of Chadwick's status usually comes on and it's their ego who comes on before them: This is what they want, this is what they're not going to do,' the actress, 55, explained.

'That was absolutely, 150 percent off the table with Chadwick. He could completely discard whatever ego he had, whatever vanity

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