- Disney and Marvel Studios announced that they will not be recasting a different actor to portray King T'Challa in Black Panther 2
- Chadwick Boseman took the original role and passed away from colon cancer earlier this year, and the companies declared they wanted to honour his legacy
- The announcement stated that the sequel will be directed by Ryan Coogler, as the first film was, and follow the storylines of other characters of Wakanda
The character of King T'Challa from the Marvel superhero movie Black Panther will not have a new actor cast in place of the late Chadwick Boseman.
Disney and Marvel Studios announced that Black Panther 2 would not be recasting the role to replace the actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with colon cancer.
The companies declared that they would not be casting a new actor as they wanted to preserve Boseman's legacy and the powerful performance that he gave as the king of Wakanda.
Disney also added that the director of the first film, Ryan Coogler, would be returning for the second instalment and that, without Chadwick or T'Challa, the storyline would follow the other characters of Wakanda previously introduced to fans in Black Panther.
Fans of the franchise and the Marvel Universe have been theorising online about how the creatives are going to weave T'Challa's absence into the storyline and what will become of the Black Panther character's future in the extended superhero saga.
The fans will have to wait until July 2022 to find out since that has been announced as the scheduled release date for the sequel.
YEN.com.gh reported on the actor's death and on his insistence on being part of the sequel before losing his battle with colon cancer earlier this year.
Chadwick Boseman left the world shell-shocked when he passed away. The Black Panther star had not disclosed his ailing health to the public or fans of the Marvel Universe. Reports are now suggesting that the 43-year-old was determined to recover and complete the filming of the sequel to Black Panther.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source close to the late actor said that despite his declining health, Boseman was convinced that he would recover and film the movie.
The publication reports that even one week before his death, the Wakandan prince was still feeling optimistic.
Filming of the award-winning movie was due to start in March 2021. According to reports from sources at Disney, there have been no talks about the way forward as they mourn his untimely death. It is further reported that no one involved with Black Panther was aware of his condition.
It was reportedly Boseman’s wish to keep his cancer battle private. South African actress Connie Chiume, who had a role in the first movie, had previously tweeted that she was called back to film the sequel next year. In her tribute message to Chadwick, Connie even wrote that she was looking forward to seeing him "next year".