SDCC: Danai Gurira on Making ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Without Chadwick Boseman

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The world was dealt a terrible loss when news broke that Chadwick Boseman had passed away, just when his career had really begun to take off and he’d become this inspiration to so many people around the world. Boseman reached new heights with the role of T’Challa, a character who’d become incredibly important to a whole lot of people in a very short amount of time, as one of the first Black characters to get their own solo film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Developing the sequel was always going to be difficult for everyone involved, especially those who’d worked closest to him like actress Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye in the MCU. Variety caught up with Gurira after the Marvel Studios Hall H panel and asked her about her experience making the film.

I mean it was very, it was everything really, we didn’t know when and how it was gonna hit us, it hit us various ways and various moments, sometimes just walking onto the stage and hearing Ryan [Coogler] talk before that, we were getting hit, watching it, there are various moments where your just being hit by that and I think it was beautifully said by Dominique [Thorne] and by Micaela [Coel] that they really were support for us, there was a very hard day I had on set and she [Dominique] was there for me and you know you just never knew when it was just gonna be a really hard day and so they were really amazing, our new family, they understood they were in a place where grief was happening and they really really, they held us up.

Danai Gurira

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters on November 17th, 2023.

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