The cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever visited Chadwick Boseman’s final resting place before they began production on the film.
In August 2020, Chadwick Boseman passed away at 43 due to complications from colon cancer, which he was diagnosed with at Stage 3 in 2016. He kept his illness secret from the public, with only close associates aware of that fact. In a statement released by his team on the day of his death, it was acknowledged that playing the title role in Black Panther was “the honor of his career.” With the upcoming sequel, titled Wakanda Forever set to hit theaters next month, the surviving members of the original film’s cast took the opportunity to visit his final resting place prior to production.
Lupita Nyong’o told Empire Magazine why the cast visiting Chadwick Boseman‘s final resting place was necessary in preparation for the film:
“It was essential to have that moment to physically go and pay our respects, and to be with members of his family gave me an emotional allowance to step back into that world in a way that I couldn’t have known I needed until I was there.”
Dominique Thorne, who plays RiRi Williams/Ironheart in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also shared her experience visiting Chadwick Boseman’s final resting place:
“By remembering and saying the name of the people we’ve lost, we continue to add power to their name. And that’s exactly what we did that day by telling and hearing stories about him. I can’t imagine having started this journey any other way.”
Here is the synopsis for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, the film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.