The passing of Chadwick Boseman was one of 2020’s biggest losses and a shock that rippled through the entire Marvel community. Both his colleagues and adoring fans mourned the actor’s loss and there were doubts about just what might happen with the much anticipated Black Panther 2.
However, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Marvel Studios are pressing on with production and that Black Panther 2 will likely start shooting in July 2021.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is set to return to helm the sequel, and with his script complete, the production team is now moving into general production and casting for the sequel. Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) is currently in talks to join the project as one of the film’s main villains and returning star Letitia Wright who portrays T’Challa’s sister Shuri will have expanded role in the sequel.
While Marvel is keeping tight-lipped about how they will replace Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther they have confirmed that CGI will not be involved, so it’s more than likely that we’ll go for a straight recast with the character. Such moves are not uncommon with a notable recasting being that of Spartacus: Blood and Sand where star Andy Whitfield was replaced by Liam McIntyre after Whitfield passed away from complications returning from cancer.
While there’s no credible casting thread many fans have requested that Boseman’s long-time friend and former co-star Michael B. Jordan, who starred in Black Panther as the antagonist Erik Killmonger, take on the role of T’Challa/Black Panther as a way to honour both Boseman’s legacy and their friendship along with delivering a worthy and different performance.
2021 is set to be a very busy year for Marvel, not only do we have the release of Black Widow, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals and the untitled Spider-Man film to look forward to on the big screen, but also the debut of Disney+ series including WandaVisioon, Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Filming will also commence for further projects including Thor: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, along with Ant-Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by the years end.
Black Panther 2 will arrive in cinemas on May 6, 2022.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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