Chadwick Boseman’s lead role in the superhero movie sequel to Black Panther will not be recast after the actor’s death, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said on Thursday.
Feige told a Disney presentation for investors who Boseman’s performance as the proud Black chief of the fictional land of Wakanda was iconic, and that he wouldn’t be replaced.
Boseman died in August of colon cancer at age 43 after a four-year battle with the disease he had retained private.
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Feige said the sequel would honour Boseman’s legacy by continuing to”research the entire world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.” He didn’t give specifics but said the movie was expected to arrive in film theaters in July 2022.
Black Panther executive producer Victoria Alonso last month denied speculation that the filmmakers planned to utilize a digital double for Boseman in the sequel.
Alonso was quoted as telling Argentine newspaper Clarin at a November interview that the filmmakers were shooting time to choose how to continue the story.
Boseman’s final movie, drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, will be released by Netflix on December 18.