Lupita Nyong’o Says ‘Black Panther 2’ Feels ‘Emotionally Correct’
In a recent interview about her new series, Super Sema on YouTube, Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o discussed her return to Wakanda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with Yahoo! Entertainment Senior Correspondent Kevin Polowy.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
There’s been a lot of speculation about the upcoming Black Panther sequel, and just recently, Marvel Studios announced its official title for the film: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Now, Nyong’o, who plays Nakia, is soon returning to Atlanta, Georgia to shoot Black Panther 2, which is once again being directed by all-star Ryan Coogler.
Marvel Studios Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige already confirmed that King T’Challa will not be recast for the sequel, so the film will begin production without its King, Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer at the age of 43 in August 2020.
Lupita Nyong’o Talks Black Panther
Nyong’o grew very close to Boseman while filming Black Panther, which is the fourth-highest-grossing domestic film of all time. And, in the interview, the actress spoke about the experience of starting production on Wakanda Forever after Boseman’s death.
“People will ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement isn’t the word. I feel like I’m in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to Black Panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw for me,” Nyong’o said in the Yahoo! interview. “And I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there.”
Nyong’o added that:
But at the same time we have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well. And his idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure.
Black Panther: Wakanda forever is set to come out on July 8th, 2022. In addition to Nyong’o, the returning cast includes Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Agent Ross, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Angela Bassett.
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