The world mourned the passing of Chadwick Boseman in 2020 but it was the cast and crew of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever who were greatly affected by the loss. Still, that didn't stop them from completing the sequel and ensuring that Boseman is remembered by all. Letitia Wright has just confirmed that Boseman's impact will be a huge part of Black Panther 2.
Letitia Wright played Shuri in the first movie, a role that she will reprise in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. However, it wasn't easy for Wright to accept that she would work on the sequel without Chadwick Boseman. Still, she confirms with The Playlist Podcast Network that director Ryan Coogler was convinced that working on Black Panther 2 was something that Boseman would have wanted.
“It was hard for me to imagine being on set without my brother," Wright said. "It was something I was battling for months. The confidence that Ryan felt that he heard Chadwick just give him that gentle push forward, to continue. And the way that Ryan would express that it was bigger than all of us, and Chad would have wanted us to continue. That really encouraged me."
It is truly admirable that the cast and crew overcame their grief and chose to honor Chadwick Boseman in the best possible way. With that in mind, we can't wait to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever later this year.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will also star Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett. The sequel will also introduce Tenoch Huerta as Namor, the ruler of Talocan, an ancient civilization of underwater dwelling people.
The second Black Panther movie will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. It will be the final film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.