Walt Disney and Marvel Studios will not recast Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa character in the next installment of “Black Panther” to honor the late actor.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made the news about the fate of Boseman’s “iconic” character official on Disney Investor Day 2020 Thursday, citing the “devastating loss of a dear friend and a member of the Marvel Studios family.”
Boseman died in August at 43 after a private battle with colon cancer. The announcement ended any speculation over who might follow in the role Boseman embodied in 2018’s “Black Pa
“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives,” said Feige. “His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. It’s for that reason we will not recast the character.”
Instead, Feige said “to honor the legacy that Chadwick helped us build,” the studio will “continue to explore” the world of Wakanda “and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
The new film, “Black Panther II,” will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler and released July 8, 2022. Feige said Coogler was “hard at work” on the film now.