Black Panther 2 casts I May Destroy You creator/star Michaela Coel in a mystery role

The cast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sequel, officially titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is getting larger with the addition of Michaela Coel.

The 33-year-old actress/writer, who stars in and created the HBO hit series I May Destroy You, has joined the ensemble cast of the superhero sequel in an unknown role, according to Variety.

Director Ryan Coogler has already started production on the sequel in Atlanta, with Marvel setting a July 8, 2022 release date.

New cast: The cast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sequel, officially titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is getting larger with the addition of Michaela Coel

Production: Director Ryan Coogler has already started production on the sequel in Atlanta, with Marvel setting a July 8, 2022 release date

Plot details for the sequel are being kept under wraps, with Coogler directing from a script he co-wrote with his Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole.

One of the few things that have been confirmed about the sequel is that Marvel will not be recasting the late great Chadwick Boseman as T’challa.

Boseman passed away last August at 43 years of age, after a four-year battle with colon cancer, which was never disclosed publicly until after his death.

No recast: One of the few things that have been confirmed about the sequel is that Marvel will not be recasting the late great Chadwick Boseman as T’challa

Battle: Boseman passed away last August at 43 years of age, after a four-year battle with colon cancer, which was never disclosed publicly until after his death

Marvel Studios president and Black Panther producer Kevin Feige revealed in a December 2020 statement that they will not recast Boseman’s beloved character.

‘Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. 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. And it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character,’ Feige said in his statement last December.

With that being said, it remains unclear how the story will progress in the sequel, though many other actors from the 2018 blockbuster Black Panther will return.

Statement: Marvel Studios president and Black Panther producer Kevin Feige revealed in a December 2020 statement that they will not recast Boseman’s beloved character

Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), Winston Duke (M’Baku) and Letitia Wright (Shuri).

Bassett revealed earlier this month in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the script is constantly changing, indicating there have been, ‘five incarnations of the script, and I hear another one is coming.’

‘Of course, with our dear king (Boseman) going on to glory, a lot of things had to be shifted and changed,’ Bassett said.

Returning stars: Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, left), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), Winston Duke (M’Baku) and Letitia Wright (Shuri, right)

New script: Bassett revealed earlier this month in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the script is constantly changing, indicating there have been, ‘five incarnations of the script, and I hear another one is coming’

‘So, thankfully, Ryan and Joe Robert Cole, they’re just such masterful storytellers that they’ve found a way into this world and hopefully it will be satisfying, I think, for the fans and it will be honorable of our Chad. We love our king,’ she said.

Coel starred and created Chewing Gum and had small roles in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Mirror before her breakthrough performance in I May Destroy You.

HBO also picked up her next show, Jan 22, which Coel both stars in and created, which follows her character Arabella and her friends as they, ‘navigate new codes of sexual practice in London.’ 

Breakthrough: Coel starred and created Chewing Gum and had small roles in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Mirror before her breakthrough performance in I May Destroy You

New show: HBO also picked up her next show, Jan 22, which Coel both stars in and created, which follows her character Arabella and her friends as they, ‘navigate new codes of sexual practice in London’

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