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Netflix is releasing a documentary special on the life and work of the late Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman special Netflix

Recently, we've been treated to what feels like a never-ending stream of documentaries sharing insight into the past and present lives of our most cherished artists and creatives. From the recently announced intimate documentary on the life of the late Amy Winehouse; to the explosive HBO special on perennial icon Tina Turner. It's no secret that we jump at any opportunity to feel connected to our idols. Now, Netflix is debuting the latest addition to this lineup, in the form of a special dedicated to artist Chadwick Boseman.

Title Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist, the program will be a celebration of the actor's life and legacy as well as dedication to his greatest performances. The documentary will also provide an intimate look at his singular artistry, and the process that informed his transformative performances.

In addition to these nuggets of personal insight; a star-studded line-up of Boseman's fellow actors and collaborators have jumped on board to share their own memories with the Black Panther star. The likes of Viola Davis, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington and Danai Gurira will pay homage to his talent, craft and commitment as an artist.

Watch the full trailer for the Chadwick Boseman special on Netflix below.

From the trailer alone, it's clear that this documentary will be unlike anything we've seen of recent. Davis, who starred alongside Boseman in his final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, opens the preview of interviews. "You know you have to step up when you're in his presence. He's looking at your work and he's like really hyper-focused," she begins. Her sentiment towards Boseman's commitment to his work continues throughout the trailer, as others begin share their own experiences working with the actor.

Boseman passed away last August following a four year battle with colon cancer. The special, Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist will arrive on Netflix on Saturday April 17 and will only be available to watch on the streaming platform for 30 days.

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