Black Panther star opens up about making sequel without Chadwick Boseman

Rianne Houghton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o has opened up about returning to the MCU for Black Panther 2 following the sad death of Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman – who played the titular superhero in the movie – died unexpectedly last year, but a sequel to Black Panther is still expected to go ahead. Earlier this month, director Ryan Coogler admitted that he believed the late actor "wouldn't have wanted" them to stop.

Now, Lupita Nyong'o has shared her thoughts on reprising her role as Nakia, admitting that she doesn't feel "excitement", but is rather "pensive and meditative".

"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," she told Yahoo Entertainment.

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

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"His passing is still extremely raw for me. And I can't even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there."

The actress went on to credit director Ryan Coogler for his approach to the upcoming sequel, saying that he feels Chadwick's loss "in a very, very real way as well".

"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," she added. "So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this."

Photo credit: Cindy Ord - Getty Images
Photo credit: Cindy Ord - Getty Images

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As for how Black Panther 2 will pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, Lupita revealed that she and the cast "look forward to... honouring 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," she said. "I know that for sure."

Black Panther is currently available to stream on Disney+.

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