Despite the loss of lead actor Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away last year after losing his battle with cancer, Marvel Studios announced it would continue its plans to release. Black Panther II in 2022.
Rather than rewriting the role of T’Challa, something Marvel has ruled out entirely, director Ryan Coogler has instead rewritten the script for the sequel to the 2018 pop culture phenomenon, which will further explore the world of Wakanda and presumably be a appropriate tribute. to his king.
In a conversation with THR, Coogler has revealed why he decided to stay on board despite Boseman’s death, stating that he believes the actor would have wanted the cast and crew to continue.
“It’s difficult,” said Coogler. ‘You have to keep going when you lose loved ones. I know Chad wouldn’t have wanted us to stop. He was someone who was that about the collective. Black Panther, that was his movie. He was hired to play that role before anyone else was even thought of, before I was hired, before any of the actresses were hired. “
“On that set he was all for everyone,” he continued. “While he was going through what he was going through, he was checking them to make sure they were good,” he continued. When we cut his cover, he would hang around and read lines outside the camera [to help other actors with their performances]So it would be harder for me to quit. Fair. I would feel him yelling at me, like, “What are you doing?” So you keep going. “
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Black Panther II is scheduled for release on July 8, 2022 and is expected to begin filming this summer.