Disney has confirmed a date for the Black Panther sequel: July 8, 2022. After the tragic passing of lead actor Chadwick Boseman, Disney has also explained what direction the film will take now that the role of T’Challa is gone.
“Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, Marvel Studios will not recast the character; but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film,” the company said in a statement.
This builds on what Marvel announced in November. In an interview with Clarin, Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Production Victoria Alonso was asked about the possibility of digitally recreating Boseman’s likeness for the forthcoming sequel.
It was something she immediately ruled out, saying: “No. There is only one Chadwick, and he is not with us.
“Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction; and we are taking a little time to see how we continue the story; and what we do to honour this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected; so painful; so terrible, really.”
Paying tribute to Boseman, Alonso continued: “Chadwick was not only a wonderful human being every day for the five years that we spent together, but it also seems to me that what he did as the character elevated us as a company, and left his mark in history.”
After winning fans over as King T’Challa in 2018’s Black Panther, which was a huge success at the box office; and received seven Oscar nominations, 43-year-old Boseman was set to star in its sequel; which was due to be released in 2022.
However, he sadly died in August following a four-year battle with cancer; having never spoken publicly about his diagnosis.