Walking Dead's Lennie James says it'd be "slightly disrespectful" to recast Black Panther

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

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Fear The Walking Dead star Lennie James has said that he thinks replacing the late Chadwick Boseman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be "slightly disrespectful".

Boseman tragically passed away in August following a four-year battle with colon cancer, leaving behind a groundbreaking legacy in portraying Black Panther on the big screen.

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

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Known for his role as Morgan in The Walking Dead and its spin-off, James recently spoke to YouTube channel The Nerds of Colour where he broached the subject of the Wakandan superhero's future on the screen.

"I think, after Chadwick, it's going to be very difficult to do [Black Panther] anytime soon, and it would be slightly disrespectful," James reflected.

"After Blade, Black Panther was the other character where I ran to school screaming, 'Have you seen who they've done? Have you seen who they've created?' and I had a huge affinity for it."

Photo credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC
Photo credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC

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Name-checking Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Boseman and his co-star Danai Gurira, James went on to label their work on the Marvel movie as "monumental".

"I think that, obviously as everybody else does, what Ryan and Chadwick and Danai and everybody involved with it did with Black Panther is monumental," he said.

"It's not one that I'd go anywhere near as, like I said, I think Chadwick owns that for the foreseeable future."

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As for where a Black Panther sequel stands, Shuri actress Letitia Wright provided an update last month, explaining that everyone is "just still mourning Chad" right now.

"The thought of doing it without him is kinda strange. We're just grieving at the moment, so it's trying to find the light in the midst of it," she said.

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