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Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa will not be recast in ‘Black Panther 2’
Chadwick Boseman’s “Black Panther” character will not be recast in an upcoming sequel of the hit movie, Marvel execs said Thursday.
Studio boss Kevin Feige explained that Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa was so “iconic” and transcendent, he could have no successor, Deadline reported.
Boseman died Aug. 28 at 43 following a very private battle with colon cancer.
He was “an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally,” Feige said.
“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.”
Last month, Victoria Alonso, a Marvel Studios executive producer, warned audiences not to expect a CGI double of the beloved actor.
“There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s not with us,” she said.
“Black Panther 2” will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler and is set to be released on July 8, 2022.
The follow-up to the box office and critical smash was announced in August 2019 — before the coronavirus pandemic sidelined film and TV production.