Black Panther, the hit 2018 superhero film starring late actor Chadwick Boseman in the lead, is expected to have a sequel. Marvel Studios will begin shooting for the sequel in July 2021, as reported exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.
The filming will commence in Atlanta and will be done over six months time.
The Studios, along with director Ryan Coogler, had planned a production schedule for March 2021. The plan was put aside after the demise of Boseman this year in August. Boseman played King T’Challa, the titular character of Black Panther.
The actor had been battling stage III colon cancer for four years. This led to the delay of other Marvel films, like Black Widow, that were supposed to hit theatres this year.
Although Marvel has not released a statement on their plan to proceed without Boseman, the studio has reportedly indicated that it will not use CGI to include the late actor in the film.
The universe’s fandom has already begun showing resentment towards the project.
Don't recast that role @MarvelStudios. It's done.
— MFTN (@jazzlandia_) August 29, 2020
According to the report, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett will reprise their roles as Shuri, Nakia, M’Baku, and Queen Ramada, respectively. Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta, who has also worked in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, will reportedly play the role of one of antagonists.
Black Panther has broken several records for Marvel. It is the highest-grossing movie by a Black director, and the fifth highest-grossing Marvel film, garnering $1.3 billion worldwide. Notably, it is the only Marvel film that won three Academy Awards and earned seven nominations, including in the Best Picture category. Black Panther won awards for Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.