AceShowbiz - "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is bringing the world of Wakanda back to fans. As confirmed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, the highly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning "Black Panther" started production in Atlanta.
The Marvel chief informed Variety that filming was kicked off on Tuesday, June 29 at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The production began without the late Chadwick Boseman, who died at the age of 43 in August 2020 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Kevin opened up before the "Black Widow" Global Fan Event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."
As informed previously, Chadwick's character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe T'Challa will not be recast in the upcoming 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 confirmed on Twitter.
Plot details remain under wraps. Kevin himself didn't offer further detail of which specific actors would be returning. However, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett would all likely reprise their roles from the original film. Additionally, a representative for Marvel Studios said there was no further update.
In May, Angela insisted that the film will be a fitting tribute to the late Chadwick. "It's going to be phenomenal and it's going to pay tribute and it's going to carry on that legacy," the 62-year-old actress told US Weekly.
On the other hand, Lupita claimed that the upcoming sequel is going to be "different" but will satisfy the audience. "It's going to be different, of course, without our king, to go back into that world, but I know that all of us are dedicated to reimagining or carrying on his legacy in this new Black Panther," she said in an interview on "Good Morning America" in March.