Lupita Nyong'o who is known for her acclaimed films like 'Us' and '12 years a Slave'. is soon returning to Wakanda (actually Atlanta) to film the sequel for the MCU movie 'Black Panther' but all hearts are heavy since the world lost Chadwick Boseman, who was the main protagonist as King T'Challa. The Kenyan-Mexican actress recently revealed her feelings towards the upcoming film.
"People will ask me, 'Are you excited to go back?' Excitement isn't the word," Nyong'o said. Nyong'o replied that she feels in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to Black Panther 2. “Chadwick's passing is still extremely raw for me. And I can't even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there."
Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer in 2020. He was 43 years old. He was diagnosed in 2016 but kept his condition private and continued working until the end. His final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, was released posthumously and earned him an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
At the end of 2020, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced the studio would not be recasting Boseman's role of T'Challa/Black Panther. This decision led the cast itself to wonder about how the movie would work without Boseman but in the end, it seems this is no longer an issue.
Lupita Nyong' also addressed that although Boseman will not be present, director Ryan Coogler is their compass while working and apparently he is the one who feels Chadwick's loss the most. "At the same time we have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well," Nyong'o said. In Fact, Coogler declared that probably, this film will be one of the most profounds projects in his life since trying to continue on it without “this particular person who is like the glue who held it together," Coogler said.
Anyway, Lupita Nyong'o supported Coogler and his approach to working on the second movie because, according to the actress, he has been respectful of the loss all experienced as a cast and as a world. She continued, "So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us, and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we're still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure."
Lupita also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show and while there, she declared that Chadwick Boseman led the movie with compassion and just with his presence stressing how humble he was. She also added that she knows for certain that he would want them to continue working on Black Panther and again, addressed how the director honored him.