Chadwick Boseman will not appear in “Black Panther 2” through CGI technology.
The late actor, who passed away in August, starred as T’Challa, King of Wakanda, in the original 2018 action movie.
In a new interview with Deadline, Marvel head Kevin Feige talked about how “Black Panther 2″ is proceeding without Boseman.
“So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda. Wakanda is a place to further explore with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story,” Feige said.
“We’re not going to have a CG Chadwick and we’re not recasting T’Challa,” he said. “Ryan Coogler is working very hard right now on the script with all the respect and love and genius that he has, which gives us great solace, so it was always about furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda. There’s also the task of honouring and respecting the ongoing learnings and teachings from Chad as well.”
Marvel Studios EVP of Production, Victoria Alonso, previously confirmed that the studio will not use a digital double of Boseman in the upcoming sequel.
Speaking with Argentinian publication Clarin, Alonso poignantly said that there’s “only one Chadwick and he’s not with us.”
She added, “Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honour this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
During Disney’s Investor meetings last month, Kevin Feige confirmed the news.
In a tweet, Disney said they will be “honouring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.”
Black Panther 2, opening July 8, 2022, is being written & directed by Ryan Coogler. Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.
— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
The sequel to “Black Panther” will be released July 8, 2022.