Here’s everything we know about the Black Panther sequel

Sources are pointing to a new start date for the Marvel movie as rumours of new cast members swirl including... Rihanna?

by Douglas Greenwood
23 November 2020, 1:54pm

Still from Black Panther

This week will mark three months since the death of Chadwick Boseman, one of modern cinema’s finest actors, known for his ability to make on-screen magic from the most unlikely of source material. He was the actor who famously led comic book movies into the consciousness of those who long considered them big, explosive Hollywood fodder and nothing more. Yep, Black Panther was a big moment for Chadwick Boseman and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, work on the sequel is finally underway.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that several reliable sources have confirmed that the film will start shooting in Atlanta in July 2021, after the pandemic pushed the original start date back to March 2021, and Chadwick’s death left the project in limbo. The movie, which will shoot for six months through to early 2022, was expected to debut in cinemas on 6 May of that year, but a winter release now seems more likely. 

What we do know is that Marvel have already agreed that Chadwick’s character T’Challa will not be re-cast, nor will he appear in the film as a CGI creation, as Lucas Film did with Carrie Fisher in the Star Wars movies after her death. This means the entire movie has been re-scripted. And while we know that Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett will return, there are rumours that Letitia’s character of Shuri may be stepping into the lead role this time around. 

There are also rumours that casting has begun on new characters in the series too. Tenoch Huerta, known best for his role in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, will reportedly be the first new person to join the film’s cast. Others have noticed Rihanna’s appearance in the line-up when googling “Black Panther 2 cast”. Huge if true.