Black Panther producer Nate Moore explains why T'Challa won't be recast

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Black Panther executive producer Nate Moore has opened up about the franchise following Chadwick Boseman's death, explaining why they will never recast T'Challa.

The actor passed away suddenly last year due to colon cancer, with a sequel to 2018's Black Panther due to see Letitia Wright's Shuri take over as the central character.

Moore has now opened up about initial discussions following Boseman's death, admitting they quickly dismissed the idea of replacing the actor in the role.

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

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"You will not see T'Challa in the MCU 616 universe," he told the Ringer-Verse podcast. "We couldn't do it. I will say when Chad passed, it was a real conversation we had with [director Ryan] Coogler about what do we do.

"And it was a fast conversation. It wasn't weeks, it was minutes of we have to figure out how to move this franchise on without that character. Because I think we all feel so much of T'Challa in the MCU on the screen – not in comics – is tied to Chadwick's performance, is what he brought to that role both on and off screen.

He went on to say that Boseman left "a big hole", though "at no point did we consider casting", going on to explain: "The challenge for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is telling a story without T'Challa. And I think it's a challenge we're up for.

"Obviously we're in the middle of it and are figuring it out, and so far I think what we're getting is great. But the challenge of the movie I think is to entertain people. But I think there will be a level of catharsis and people coming back to this universe without that guy, because that guy and that universe to me are one and the same.

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

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"So as filmmakers and storytellers you have to figure out how people are going to feel going in to your movie and what you want that movie to say about that guy whose not going to be in that movie," Moore added.

The sequel Wakanda Forever is currently in production, though will reportedly shut down filming later this month as Wright recovers from an on-set recent injury.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has a release date of November 11, 2022. The first movie is streaming now on Disney+.

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