Netflix released the new western The Harder They Fall yesterday, starring Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, LaKeith Stanfield, Regina King and more. As well as being a gunslinging good time, the film contained an emotional tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman that has made fans very happy.
Subverting the general stereotypes of the wild west, the director Jeymes Samuels provided a unique twist on the genre by presenting a film that had all Black gunslingers dominating the cinematic landscape.
Based on real-life figures from the American West — Stagecoach Mary, Cherokee Bill and Nat Love, for instance — the film is a fictitious story of revenge, love, humanity and gruesome violence.
In one of the scenes set in a steam engine that is transporting Elba’s formidable character to the jail, his band of outlaws, led by King and Stanfield, hijack the train and free him of his shackles.
Eagle-eyed fans have noticed a tiny unmissable easter egg in the preceding scene that reveals the name of the train to be CA Boseman. In their emotional tribute to the brilliant actor whose tragic demise has left a hollow in the film industry, the scene was well-appreciated by fans.
Boseman, who is known for his incredible performances in various films like Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and more, is most popular for having played the role of the eponymous hero in Wakanda in the Marvel film Black Panther.
Boseman passed away in August 2020 after a private arduous battle with colon cancer.
He received a posthumous nomination at the Academy for his final role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Check out the still below: