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Martin Freeman Says Filming Black Panther Sequel Without Chadwick Boseman Was Strange

Martin Freeman is opening up about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and admits that Chadwick Boseman's absence made everyone feel sad and strange when filming

By Ingrid Mateos

- May 10 , 2022 - 12:15 hs
Martin Freeman, Chadwick Boseman

Martin Freeman, Chadwick Boseman (AP)

Years have passed since Chadwick Boseman died and still, his absence is felt in the MCU. With the bunch of Marvel movies coming out almost every two or three months, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to be released in November 2022 after a very long wait. (Blame it on the pandemic).

A lot of Hollywood stars are the ones returning to the Black Panther sequel like Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and Danai Gurira. However, Martin Freeman who plays Everett Ross has talked with Collider about how did it feel to film the sequel without Chadwick Boseman.

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Martin Freeman revealed that filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was a strange experience because despite they all had a lot of fun, Chadwick Boseman's absence could be felt every time.

“It was strange, that side of it. On the one hand, you're making the film that you're there to make, and there are scores and scores of people on set, joined in this endeavor to make the film. But there's also no question that, at the heart of it, there's quite a gap now, and you felt it.” Freeman said.

The actor who is well known for his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit saga revealed that he worked for a short time in Black Panther 2, but added that he has a lot of respect for director Ryan Coogler and that he likes to play Everett Ross.

“With full respect to Ryan Coogler and everybody else, who's sweating and bleeding to get this thing done properly, it was fun. It was enjoyable. I was in and out of it quite quickly, I think. But I like playing Everett Ross. He's a very fun character to play. He's nicely simpatico for the story. He's a good guy.”

Nevertheless, he could not stop noting that everyone at some point felt sad to be there without Boseman, “Of course, it was odd with Chadwicknot being there. There's no way around that. I think everyone would find it pretty strange and sad, but at the same time, life things don't just end. It's not like, ‘Well, that's that's happened, so we just all have to go off and never do it again.’ But it was odd.”

In fact, Martin Freeman admits that when Chadwick Boseman died, the Black Panther movies would have to be put on hiatus. “When he passed, I thought, ‘Okay, well maybe there just won't be another one.’ But there are still other stories to tell within that world and other great characters. I think, and I hope that we've made a good film. I trust Ryan Coogler a lot.”

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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