Marvel has confirmed that it won’t recast T’Chala in ‘Black Panther II’ after the actor’s passing.
Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, the notable African-American actor who brought to life T’Challa in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther,’ the studio has confirmed that Boseman’s character will remain Boseman’s character. This means that the character will not be recast in the upcoming ‘Black Panther II.’
The reveal was made during a speech led by Kevin Feige at Disney Investor Day on Thursday.
“I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family.”
Feige continued, praising the work Boseman did at portraying Black Panther.
“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.”
It isn’t immediately clear how ‘Black Panther II’ will play out without the leading – and namesake – character of T’Challa otherwise known as Black Panther. What is known is the film will seemingly put a focus on Wakanda’s surrounding residents.
Ryan Coogler is tied to the film as its writer-director. As it stands, the film has a release date of July 8, 2022, that said, it could easily get pushed back to 2023 or beyond.