When actor Chadwick Boseman died it shocked millions. The actor had largely kept his battle with cancer secret so many did not know what it was he was dealing with and were not aware how serious it had gotten. For his fans, it meant never getting a chance to see the accomplished actor make a new movie, and that included, many assumed, the planned sequel to Black Panther. That film, now officially titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is moving forward, and while we're all wondering just how we'll get a Black Panther without Black Panther, one star of the film knows the answers, and he admits the whole thing is a little strange.
Martin Freeman, who plays the role of CIA agent Everett Ross, recently appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden and Freeman spoke a little bit about the upcoming film. The actor recently had a meeting with writer/director Ryan Coogler where Coogler took him through the story of Wakanda Forever, and it seems Freeman could not hide his shock at where the new movie is going. According to Freeman...
So just on the face of it, it sounds like Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is going to be a wild ride, but in many ways that's to be expected. While we know that we're getting a Black Panther sequel, it's been made clear that the role of T'Challa is not being recast. Chadwick Boseman won't return using CGI or anything like that. But that means that the movie will have to find some way to deal with his absence. It's very likely the entire movie itself will be about the fact that T'Challa is gone.
And Martin Freeman admits that when he learned of Chadwick Boseman's death, he assumed that the planned Black Panther 2 simply would not happen. Now that it is, he hopes the movie is able to do justice to the legacy of the first film, which Boseman was largely responsible for.
Considering just how much Black Panther meant to so many people the sequel was going to have a high bar to clear even if things had gone as initial expected. Now the cast and crew have even more work ahead of them and even higher expectations to make something special. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will arrive in theaters July 8, 2022.
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