Lupita Nyong’o Says Filming ‘Black Panther’ Sequel Was ‘Very Therapeutic’

Like Wakanda, Chadwick Boseman lives on forever in the hearts of his “Black Panther” family.

The spirit of the late actor, who died of colon cancer in August 2020 at the age of 43, looms large in the emotional first trailer for the sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which opens this weekend. I was released.

This was all by design, as Boseman’s presence was deeply felt even behind the scenes of the Marvel film, according to Lupita Nyong’o, who said the making of the film involved the death of her co-star. Help was received.

“It’s been a rough couple of years I think for everybody,” the actor said. told The Hollywood Reporter Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con. “For us as a cast, losing our king, Chadwick Boseman, was a lot to process, and in many ways, we’re still processing it. When you lose someone You don’t know when you stop losing them. And of course, we felt that a lot, making this film without him.

“Making this film against all odds is a powerful statement for ourselves, and I’m very proud that we did it,” shared Nyong’o, who played Naqiya in the franchise, noting How the production also faced the challenge of filming. The peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was very therapeutic. It gave me a sense of hope in making it, and I think we’ve expanded the world of Wakanda in ways that will blow people’s minds—not just Wakanda, but Blake. Panther World,” added the Oscar winner. “It’s going to blow people’s minds, and I can’t wait until it’s a secret.”

Directed once again by Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” picks up the story “in the wake of the death of King T’Challa,” as his family and friends “resign their nation to world powers.” must be fought to protect against the intervention of

“As the Wakandans try to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must work together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) to forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Should,” reads the summary

“We put our love for Chadwick into this movie,” Coogler said on stage at the event after the trailer was unveiled. “We also put our passion into it.”

Nyong’o also revealed that the cast and crew made a small but significant adjustment to the call sheet to honor Boseman each day on set.

“We didn’t have a #1 on our call sheets,” he told MTV News. “It was specific to Chadwick. He was with us. This script resonates when you take your pain and make something beautiful out of it.

At the end of the trailer, a mysterious figure is seen wearing a Black Panther costume, leading fans to believe that someone is indeed taking over the role of Wakanda’s protector.

As for who the next Black Panther might become, Nyong’o isn’t risking spoiling the surprise, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “Don’t you just love a good mystery?”

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” hits theaters on November 11.

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