Daniel Kaluuya Will NOT Reprise Role in Black Panther Sequel

Nope you will not see Daniel Kaluuya in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Awards Editor Jacqueline Coley made the announcement through a tweet that the actor confirmed he is not reprising his role in the sequel. Kaluuya cited scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s “Nope.”

Coley tweeted, BREAKING NEWS: Fresh from my NOPE interview with Daniel Kaluuya he did not reprise his role in #BlackPanther2 due to his schedule conflicts w/ #NOPE! It’s official he’s not in #BlackPantherWakandaForever.”

READ: Michaela Coel Joins the Cast of Black Panther 2

Kaluuya played W’Kabi in 2018’s “Black Panther,” the best friend and confidant of T’Challa (played by the late Chadwick Boseman) and the head of security for the Border Tribe. A Disney representative confirmed to IndieWire that Kaluuya does not appear in “Wakanda Forever.”

Production on “Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler, wrapped in March, and the film is set to release on Nov. 11. Following the death of Boseman in 2020, Marvel decided not to recast the role of T’Challa and the sequel will instead explore other characters from the world of “Black Panther,” while also honoring the legacy Boseman left behind.

Original stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett will reprise their roles however. ‘Wakanda Forever; also stars Dominique Thorne as a genius inventor as well as Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta in undisclosed roles.

While you won’t Kaluuya see in Black Panther you can catch him in Nope on July 22. The sci-fi horror film stars Kaluuya alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, and follows the residents of an isolated town who witness a mysterious event involving a UFO and set out to investigate it.

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