‘Black Panther 2’ trailer released as casting moves forward without late actor Chadwick Boseman
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Marvel unveiled the trailer for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con as the cast moves forward without the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
The trailer features a lyrical motif of “We Gon’ Be Alright” from Kendrick Lamar’s song, “Alright.” The video also includes footage of Wakanda environments and what appears to be a funeral, with many Wakandans dressed in white.
The video shows someone in the Black Panther costume, although it is unknown who is wearing the costume. Boseman’s character, T’Challa, was the Black Panther in the original film.
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Boseman tragically passed away in August 2020 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer.
The trailer reveals that the film will follow T’Challa’s remaining family as they seem to come to terms with their loss.
Writer and director Ryan Coogler addressed the death of the first film’s star actor onstage at the Comic-Con event. Coogler had worked on the first “Black Panther” movie.
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“It’s going to be tough to follow that, but we’re going to try,” Coogler said. “It’s been five years since I’ve been here. I sat there and we created the first footage of ‘Black Panther 1’, and sitting next to me was our T’Challa, the late great Chadwick Boseman .”
Coogler also offered a preview of the new film. He said it’s “going to new places in Wakanda that we haven’t seen before, and new places in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
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Much of the original film’s cast will return for the sequel, including Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright.
“It’s a blessing. We’ve all grown so much as a family, and it feels good to see you and honor my big brother at the same time,” Wright said.
Meanwhile, Michaela Coel, Dominique Thorne, Alex Nivilani, Mabel Cadena and Tenoch Huerta will all join the series as newcomers for the upcoming film.
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“I’m excited and I’m so happy to be here,” Huerta said.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” hits US theaters on November 11.