T’Challa will not be recast after the untimely death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther 2, Disney confirms. Boseman passed away unexpectedly in August due to colon cancer — a battle he kept to himself, with most not even knowing he was ill.
Rumors have swirled around the recasting of T’Challa since Boseman’s passing, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed via yesterday’s Disney Investor Day that no one will be playing his role going forward.
“I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family,” Feige said. “Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.”
Feige continued, “To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
It’s being speculated that Shuri will next don the mantle of the Black Panther in upcoming sequels. However, Twitter is currently trying very hard to cancel Shuri actress Letitia Wright.
The sequel is being written and directed by Ryan Coogler and is slated to be released on July 8, 2022. No details are currently available about Black Panther 2.
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