Lupita Nyong’o on How ‘Black Panther 2’ will Honor Chadwick Boseman
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In the wake of Chadwick Boseman‘s death, Black Panther fans have grown increasingly concerned with both the handling of the actor’s legacy and how his death would impact the breakout Marvel film franchise.
And while director Ryan Coogler has been clear (as Disney NDAs will allow) about how the film will represent Boseman’s T’Challa (no CGI and certainly no recasting, despite the very vocal wishes of thousands of petition signees,) the details of the film’s plot and precisely how Black Panther moves forward without the leading man remains uncertain. But Coogler’s forthcoming sequel has at least the approval of Boseman’s Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o.
“It feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this,” says Nyong’o, who portrayed Nakia in the comic giant’s 2018 blockbuster, in a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment. “We have a leader in Ryan [Coogler], who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well,” Nyong’o adds, noting the way Coogler reworked Black Panther 2 was “so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world.”
Black Panther 2 is currently on Marvel’s release schedule for July 8, 2022. The film began shooting in Atlanta last month even as fans called out Coogler for not pulling the shoot from Georgia in protest of the state’s recent passing of SB 202, a piece of legislation that is basically designed to suppress votes following a historic turnout in the 2020 election. “Having now spoken with voting rights activists in the state, I have come to understand that many of the people employed by my film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202. For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia,” Coogler remarked in a statement.