Black Panther 2 ‘doesn’t hesitate to lose Chadwick Boseman,’ star says

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever “does not fear the loss of Chadwick Boseman,” said one of the film’s stars.

Lupita Nyong’o said the film was “emotional yet therapeutic” to make and the cast “put our grief to good use” in the process.

Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the original 2018 film, died in 2020 from colon cancer.

Speaking at the world premiere of the Black Panther sequel in Los Angeles, cast members paid tribute to his talent, sense of humor and impact on their lives.

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Lupita Nyong’o said the film was “emotional yet therapeutic” to make and the cast “used our grief to great effect” in the process (Doug Peters/AP)

When asked how she would feel seeing the finished film, Nyong’o, who plays Nakia, told the PA news agency, “I have no idea, I’ve been preparing all day. .

“It was a moving movie to make, but it was also therapeutic to get back together and share our grief and put our grief to good use,” she said.

“This film does not fear the loss of Chadwick Boseman, it embraces him and we seek to honor his legacy.”

She added: “There were times we cracked up, and there were times we laughed at the memories we had of him, and there were times we just sat in silence. .

“So I think today is going to be a bit of all of that.”

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Letitia Wright, who plays Boseman’s on-screen sister Shuri, said her loss was “as hard as it sounds” and that she put “my heart in it for him” (Matt Crossick/PA )

Letitia Wright, who plays Boseman’s on-screen sister Shuri, said her loss was “as difficult as it sounds” and that she put “my heart in it for him”.

“Everyone is going to feel our heart,” she told PA.

“It’s a moment for us to honor him and we really took it, it’s our heart, it’s my heart in this movie for him and I pray you feel the same.

“(The loss) was as hard as it sounds, painful, but the one we channeled into the film, tried to speak the truth and tried to honor it.”

Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Wakandan Ramonda, added: “We are going to feel his spirit, we will miss him dearly but we are going to honor him because he is my son, he is his brother, he is their king.

“We can’t forget ourselves and the impact it had on our lives in life, in this movie and in Wakanda.”

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Angela Bassett attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, US (PA)

Director Ryan Coogler said the process was “complicated” but he too felt Boseman’s presence at the event.

“We miss him deeply, he inspired us, but I feel like he’s there. When I see the crowd… when I see everyone, I feel like he’s still with us he told PA.

“So, do I think tonight is going to be emotional?” I can’t predict how people will react emotionally, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

Other famous faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the event include Daniel Kaluuya, who appeared in the first film, Simu Liu – star of Shang Chi and the Ten Rings, and Ms. Marvel’s Iman Vellani.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is due out November 11.

It was confirmed on Thursday that popstar Rihanna had recorded a track for the film, titled Lift Me Up, which is due out on Friday.

The singer also attended the premiere with her partner, American rapper ASAP Rocky.

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