Today, Variety dropped some exclusive news regarding Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Insiders at Variety reported earlier today that Coel would be joining the elite cast of the film amid airtight details surrounding the ensemble.
The news comes after nearly a year since Chadwick Boseman’s passing and Marvel Studios is still feeling the weight of his absence. The original Black Panther film from 2018 garnered nearly $1.3 billion worldwide and set off a cultural phenomenon that would cement Boseman, director Ryan Coogler, and the incredible cast, in the upper echelon of Marvel icons.
Coel’s resume includes notable works, from Emmy-nominated series I May Destroy You, to Chewing Gum, The Aliens, Black Mirror, and Black Earth Rising. While the cast members from the first Black Panther film have not been officially announced for the sequel, it’s safe to assume that Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and others are sure to return.
In an interview with Variety, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said that “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad.” The loss is still raw for family, friends, and fans alike, and the honor to Boseman’s legacy as Black Panther and as their family remains one of their top priorities.