Michaela Coel will make her debut in Wakanda as she joins the cast of Black Panther 2.
Formally titled, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, she joins Ryan Coogler who is back to write and direct the sequel.
Coel is joining returning cast members including Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia,who are all expected to reprise their roles. Letitia Wright and Florence Kasumba are expected to return but official news hasn’t been announced.
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In usual Marvel fashion, plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. However, Duke did speak on how emotional to read the script. “It was emotional to pack to go back to set. But we’re all a bit of a family now and we grieve together, and we’re making something really special.”
The first Black Panther grossed $700 million domestic (only the fourth film ever to do so) and grossed more than $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. It also is Marvel’s first Oscar nomination for Best Picture. However, while the first film was historic, Black Panther 2 will be without Chadwick Boseman, the title star, who passed away in August 2020 from colon cancer.
“It’s clearly very emotional without Chad,” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told Variety in late June, referring to late star Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020 after battling colon cancer. “But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
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Production for Black Panther 2 began last month. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is set for wide release on July 8, 2022.
Coel is the creator behind Chewing Gum and the critically acclaimed HBO series I May Destroy You, which was recently nominated for four Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Directing, Writing, Acting, and Best Limited Series. She also starred in Black Mirror, Been So Long, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.