“BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER”, SEQUEL TO “BLACK PANTHER” BEGINS FILMING IN ATLANTA
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” which is the sequel to the Oscar-winning “Black Panther” film, which was set in a technologically advanced African country hidden away from the outside world has started production on Tuesday at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed the news to Variety ahead of the Black Widow Global Fan Event in Los Angeles.
The sequel’s plot remains a close guarded secret but Feige revealed that everyone from the original cast will be part of the production, with the exception of the lead cast, late Chadwick Boseman.
“It’s clearly very emotional without Chad,” Feige said before the “Black Widow” Global Fan Event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
“But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
“Black Panther” Director Ryan Coogler is also returning to direct from his screenplay.
Back in May, Angela Bassett insisted that the film will be a fitting tribute to Boseman.
Boseman died on August 28, 2020, as a result of complications related to colon cancer.
‘It’s going to be phenomenal and it’s going to pay tribute and it’s going to carry on that legacy,’ Bassett, 62, told USWeekly.
Another star of the film Lupita N’yongo is also confident the sequel will satisfy fans.
‘It’s going to be different, of course, without our king, to go back into that world, but I know that all of us are dedicated to reimagining or carrying on his legacy in this new Black Panther,’ she said in an interview on Good Morning America in March.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is set to debut on July 8, 2022.
Black Panther debuted in February 2018 and was an immediate box office smash hit.
The superhero adventure opened with $202 million, going on to bank a massive $700 million domestic take and $1.347 billion worldwide. The film was the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office in 2018, and second worldwide, just behind Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048 billion).