On the Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever red carpet premiere, Marvel Casting Director Sarah Halley Finn broke silence on why they decided not to recast Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, which involved Kevin Feige and director Ryan Coogler in the decision-making. On the same night, Kevin Feige opens up about working with Chadwick Boseman, calling it an honor to have met and worked with him.
Speaking with Variety, when asked how Kevin Feige feels coming to the movie premiere that pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman and T’Challa, as well as carrying that legacy forward, Feige admits he felt very lucky and thankful to have the actor in his life in the short time that he did. Watch his interview below:
“It’s an honor. You know, there was an event called D23 a month or so ago, and Chad was honored as a Disney Legend, and I got to meet his whole family there for the first time. I just feel very lucky and thankful that I got to have him in my life for the short time that I did. And more importantly, he did at such a young age, such a body of work that it will last forever, and generation after generation after generation will get to feel his presence.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever features Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Winston Duke (M'Baku), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi), and Letitia Wright (Shuri), along with Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger) back in its previous film. With Wakanda set in Africa, even the cast members appreciated and praised how close the working set was to the ‘real thing’, ‘like a real life playground’ as Winston Duke called it.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to premiere on November 11.