Which Cast Members Are Returning To Black Panther 2 Now That Daniel Kaluuya Has Dropped Out
It’s always ‘Wakanda Forever.” However, fans are already walking into the sequel knowing that the beloved star and leader of the pack, Chadwick Boseman, who famously portrayed T’Challa aka Black Panther, won’t return. But more news has been released showing that the original cast might be trimmed even more.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated to be released on November 11, 2022. The success of the first film was atmospheric. It garnered multiple award wins and nominations. Black Panther also raked up a whopping 7 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. In addition, the film won 3 out of the 7, including Best Costume Design, given to Ruth E. Carter, who is slated to return for the sequel.
Ryan Coogler will return as the film’s director and co-wrote the film as he did the first. According to previous reports, everyone who was in the first film was slated to return for the highly-anticipated sequel. But with all the changes made, many fans have wondered, “Who all gon’ be there?”
The world was shocked when the unexpected news hit that actor Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther‘s lead actor, passed away on August 28, 2020. The Academy Award-nominated actor had been silently battling colon cancer, which only close people in his circle knew about.
Attached to the overwhelming sadness was the question that, of course, lingered in the minds of many. What was now the future of the film’s franchise? Initially set to begin in March of 2021, production on the film was halted as they now had to make changes to the script.Finally, according to Variety, production for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began in Atlanta in June.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige expressed that things on the set had been very “emotional” due to Boseman’s absence. However, he stated that “everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans.” Feige then promised that the film’s final presentation would surely “make [Chadwick] proud.”Many fans first thought that the role of T’Challa would be recast now that Boseman was no longer alive. However, Kevin Feige released a statement assuring that the actor’s position wouldn’t be recast. “We want to continue to explore the world and all the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film,” the statement read.
Fans remember Lupita Nyong’o’s portrayal as the fierce former girlfriend of T’Challa, “Nakia.” The Academy Award-winning actress will make her return in the sequel as the pivotal character. However, she shared with Yahoo! Movies that “excitement” couldn’t describe how she felt to go back to work on the film. Instead, she was in a “pensive and meditative state.”
Lupita Nyong’o shared that Chadwick Boseman’s death was “still raw” for her at the time. She highlighted writer and director Ryan Coogler, echoing Feige’s statements that the script was “respectful” of their former lead actor. However, Nyong’o’s return wasn’t met without its issues. While training for the film, the actress, unfortunately, caught a case of Covid, which halted production. Thankfully, she fully recovered and returned to work, alerting her fans that she was excited via Instagram.
Fans of the Black Panther franchise may recall Michael B. Jordan’s powerful portrayal of the villain, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens. After a riveting battle, T’Challa beats Killmonger, resulting in his death. However, many have questioned whether or not they would see Michael B. Jordan return in the sequel.The actor was asked the question while appearing on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show. Michael B. Jordan stated that on a scale of 1-10, he would give his return a “solid 2,’ giving slight hope. “Never say never,” he said. “I can’t predict the future.”
Who could forget “Shuri,” T’Challa’s younger sister who was a master in technology? Shuri was highly pivotal to Wakanda’s continuing growth and development and to the life and survival of the Black Panther. The role was played by Letitia Wright, who is slated to return significantly.Many have speculated that Letitia Wright will return as the new superhero, sort of taking the place of Chadwick Boseman. However, not much has been confirmed. Nevertheless, it is believed that her role has indeed been expanded in the sequel.
Further stamping that Boseman’s presence would be felt, Letitia Wright shared that the cast and crew “poured everything” into creating the sequel. She said that they “committed every day to working hard” despite many “difficult situations” that they’d faced.One of the intense situations was an unfortunate incident that caused Letitia Wright to have a major injury. According to BBC, Wright suffered “a critical shoulder fracture and a concussion with severe side effects.” She was thankfully able to return months later to resume filming.Reports also claimed that the actress was causing issues on set by refusing to be vaccinated and spreading anti-vax rhetoric. However, she expressed to Variety that the rumors were simply not true.
Other cast faves confirmed to return are Danai Gurira, who played “Okoye,” and Winston Duke. In addition, his role as “M’Baku” has been expanded for the sequel. Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, and Forest Whitaker are also slated to return for the upcoming film.But surprisingly, Daniel Kaluya, who played “W’Kabi” – T’Challa’s best friend who ultimately betrayed him in the first film, won’t return. According to Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley, the actor couldn’t reprise his role due to scheduling conflicts with his starring role in the upcoming Jordan Peele film Nope.
It's official he's not in #BlackPantherWakandaForever
— 🍅Jacqueline🍅 (@THATJacqueline) July 13, 2022
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