Black Panther 2 “doesn’t prevent the loss of Chadwick Boseman,” says the star

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever “doesn’t prevent the loss of Chadwick Boseman,” said one of the film’s stars.

Lupita Nyong’o said the film was “emotional but therapeutic” to make and that the cast “put our pain to good use” in the process.

Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the original 2018 film, died in 2020 of colon cancer.

Speaking at the world premiere of the Black Panther sequel in Los Angeles, the cast members paid tribute to his talent, his sense of humor and his impact on their lives.

Lupita Nyong’o said the film was “emotional but therapeutic” to make and that the cast “put our pain to good use” in the process (Doug Peters / AP)

Asked how she would feel seeing the completed film, Nyong’o, who plays Nakia, told the PA news agency: “I have no idea, I’ve been preparing all day.

“It was an exciting film to make, but it was also therapeutic to get back together and share our pain and put it to good use,” she said.

“This film doesn’t avoid the loss of Chadwick Boseman, we embrace him and we try to honor his legacy in it.”

He added: “There were times when we broke down, and there were times when we laughed at the memories we had of him, and there were times when we sat in silence.

“So I think today is going to be a little bit of all of this.”

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Letitia Wright, who plays Boseman’s sister Shuri, said her loss was “as hard as it sounds” and that she put “my heart into it for him” (Matt Crossick / PA)

Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri, Boseman’s on-screen sister, said her loss was “as hard as it sounds” and that she put “my heart into it for him.”

“Everyone will feel our heart,” he told PA.

“It’s a time to honor him and we really took him, he’s our heart, he’s my heart in this movie for him and I pray you guys feel the same.

“(The loss) was as hard as it sounds, painful, but we channeled it into the film, we tried to tell the truth and we tried to honor it.”

Angela Bassett, who plays the queen of Wakandan Ramonda, added: “We will feel his spirit, we will miss him very much but we will pay tribute to him, because he is my son, he is his brother, he is their king.

“We cannot forget each other and the impact this has had on our lives in life, in this film and in Wakanda.”

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Angela Bassett attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party held in Beverly Hills Los Angeles, United States (PA)

Director Ryan Coogler said the process was “complicated”, but he too felt Boseman’s presence at the event.

“We miss him deeply, he inspired us, but I feel like he’s here. When I see the crowd… when I see everyone, I feel like she’s still with us, ”she told PA.

“So, I think it’s going to be exciting tonight? I can’t predict how people will react emotionally, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is. “

Other famous faces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the event included Daniel Kaluuya, who appeared in the first film, Simu Liu, star of Shang Chi and the Ten Rings, and Iman Vellani, of Ms Marvel.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released on November 11th.

It was confirmed on Thursday that pop star Rihanna had recorded a track for the film, titled Lift Me Up, which will be released on Friday.

The singer also attended the premiere with her partner, US rapper ASAP Rocky.

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