To commemorate the legacy of phenomenal Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, who sadly passed away on Friday (28 August), M-Net Movies has acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company Africa for a special screening of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, the film that engraved his name in movie history – and in the hearts of millions of people across the globe… particularly in South Africa where audiences delighted in hearing isiXhosa used as the language of Wakanda.
Black Panther will air on M-Net Movies Zone Channel 139, a movie channel available to all DStv customers across Africa, TONIGHT – Monday, 31 August at 19:00.
With his charismatic and powerful performance as the titular Black Panther, Boseman defied stereotypes, broke boundaries and emerged as an inspiring role model and pop-culture hero.
The 43-year-old battled cancer for four years and still managed to play a superhero! The revolutionary Black Panther was the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to shine the spotlight on a black superhero, and went on to become the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards®. The mega-blockbuster received seven nominations and scooped three Oscars. Boseman himself garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award and NAACP Image award.
While Black Panther catapulted Boseman to stardom, he also played some of history’s most enigmatic and influential African-American icons: his break-out role was in 42 as baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson; in Get on Up he gave an electrifying performance as The Godfather of Soul, music legend, James Brown; and he starred as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, in the riveting drama, Marshall.
But many agree his most inspirational screen-time will always be as Black Panther’s King T’Challa, who rose to the throne in the fictitious African country of Wakanda after the death of his father, King T’Chaka (played by SA’s own Dr. John Kani). That’s where he taught movie-goers how regal the combination of dignity, strength and humanity can be. Striking a chord with audiences all over the continent, Black Panther became the first film in the history of the South African Box Office to cross R100 million and, went on to become the biggest film at the time in South, East and West Africa after its February 2018 release in cinemas.
Since 2016, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer, Boseman was undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments while bringing his A-game to the movie screen, and leaving a legacy that will forever be cherished.
In celebration of Chadwick Boseman’s iconic role as T’Challa, Marvel Studios and M-Net Movies bring you a special viewing of Black Panther for one night only, Monday 31st August at19:00 on M-Net Movies Zone, Channel 139. The movie will not be available on Catch Up.
Twitter’s Most Popular Tweet EVER:
Twitter announced: “Most liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever.” The announcement of Boseman’s passing had over 7 million ‘likes’. The previous most liked Tweet was one from former US President Barack Obama with 4.3 million likes.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020