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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Stars Share Motivation to Get the Film Right

When it came time to honor their co-star, Chadwick Boseman, in the production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Letitia Wright wanted something unique.

The Hall H at Comic-Con was dominated by the actors and their fans, who watched in anticipation as they revealed a trailer for one of Marvel’s most awaited sequels.

The cast spoke with EW at length about their motivation for getting the film right, and it’s not just because they had a vast following waiting. On top of everything, according to them, they expect Wakanda Forever will honor Boseman, who was killed in August 2020 at 43 due to colon cancer. 

“The most important thing, of course, was honoring our brother, our leader, and our king,” Gurira said in the interview with EW. 

“That was definitely at the forefront of our minds and our spirits and our hearts. There was this amazing impact that the first Black Panther had, so the need, I think, was to really solidify that these characters and this world have an arc. It wasn’t a one-time momentous thing.”

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Should Follow in its Predecessor’s Footsteps

The stars of Wakanda Forever said that they want to continue the legacy left behind by their parent film – which smashed box office records and marked the first time a Marvel movie was nominated for the Oscars for Best Picture. 

Like Gurira said, the team wanted to take Wakanda beyond just its familiar borders and explore new areas. They also worked hard on strengthening character arcs. 

“It’s also important to let go of any expectation that this movie will be Black Panther 1,” Duke chimed in. 

“This is going to be its own thing. This narrative has evolved, and it’s changed, just like all the characters and the circumstances of Wakanda itself. For me, in particular, I just had to let go of the expectation of this being anything like the first movie and allow this movie to be its own thing.” 

The new faces are a welcome addition to an already existing Wakanda Forever team – Gurira, Nyong’o, Duke, Wright, and Florence Kasumba. In addition, Tenoch Huerta plays fabled ruler Namor alongside Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli, portraying the characters of Namora and Attuma. 

The movie will also see the debut of Michaela Coel as Aneka and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, an excellent teenage tech inventor who will later be featured in her own Disney+ series, Ironheart

“It was very surreal for me to jump on this train,” Livinalli stated. “It didn’t feel like it was a sequel. It felt like it was its own thing, and I felt very welcome. I felt like I was part of the family.” 

The stars shone brightly on Ryan Coogler’s behalf, complementing the director for his “integrity” during the production process and how he has helmed Wakanda’s tale.

“There’s not many directors like Ryan out there,” Write stated. 

“The soul and the heart of the film with the writing, and he has a sensitivity to our ideas and how we want to collaborate. [We loved] just having him be the one spearheading these ideas and the structure and just being our leader each day on set. It’s a dream come true to work with him again.” 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres on November 11.

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