Black Panther 2 Star Says Sequel is "All About" Chadwick Boseman

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Black Panther star Danai Gurira has revealed that the upcoming sequel Wakanda Forever is "all about" late star Chadwick Boseman.

The T'Challa actor passed away in 2020 from cancer, having played the titular character in the original 2018 movie and a number of other Marvel films.

Gurira, who will return as Okoye in the sequel, shared in a new interview that the movie will tell a "heart-wrenching" story, and will honour Boseman.

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

"We poured everything we had into it, and we hope that you experience that and that it resonates for everybody the way it does for us. It tells a very heart-wrenching story," she told Variety. "And that is all I can say."

Asked whether it will pay tribute to Boseman, she said: "I think beautifully, and I'm very thankful for how our amazing director/writer handled that.

"It's all about him, it's all about him. And for all of us, it's all an outpouring of love to love and to honour him."

Last month, star Danny Sapani (M'Kathu) addressed the late actor's absence in the sequel, telling ET: "Obviously, without Chad it's very different.

"But we're gonna keep flying that flag, keep trying to tell that story, because it’s just an incredible story and an incredible film."

Fellow returning star Angela Bassett (Ramonda) also reflected on filming Wakanda Forever without Boseman last year.

"Everyone felt, the first week of shooting, the presence of Chadwick and missing him on that throne," she told The Guardian.

Photo credit: Presley Ann / Contributor - Getty Images
Photo credit: Presley Ann / Contributor - Getty Images

"But we all came together and just paid homage to him before we began, which was wonderful... everyone just speaking beautiful words about him and expressing how much we care and how he informed and inspired us."

It is currently unclear how the actor's absence will be addressed in the sequel, though it was previously confirmed that he will not be digitally recreated.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has a release date of November 11, 2022. The first movie is streaming now on Disney+

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