Lupita Nyong'o Cried During Black Panther 2
Lupita Nyong'o, star of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, claims director Ryan Coogler's idea for a sequel without Chadwick Boseman moved her to tears.
Lupita Nyong'o was moved to tears by the prospect of filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever without the late Chadwick Boseman. "I didn’t have doubts – I had dreaded," Nyong’o told Empire about the thought of doing the sequel without the lost Black Panther star. "[Director] Ryan [Coogler] had walked me through what the film was going to be when Chadwick was still alive. And so once we lost him, the thought that we could go on, it was just unfathomable to me." When Coogler presented Nyong'o with the retooled idea for Wakanda Forever, one meant to pay tribute to her late co-star, the actor's fears were put to rest.
"What Ryan ended up sharing with me was just so utterly truthful and beautiful," Nyong'o said. "By the end of it, I was in tears." Nyong'o reprises her role as Nakia, the love of Boseman's King T'Challa and an undercover spy for his nation, Wakanda, in Wakanda Forever. When the first Black Panther film was released in February 2018, it became a global phenomenon, generating approximately $1.35 billion globally. The film was also a critical success, with a 96% critic score and a 79% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing, and it was the first superhero picture to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Weeks after the first Black Panther film was released, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige expressed interest in a sequel directed by Coogler, with the filmmaker signing on to develop and direct the sequel by October 2018. As Nyong'o has stated, another version of the sequel was planned before to Boseman's untimely death on August 28, 2020.
Many have speculated about who will take up the claws of Black Panther in Wakanda Forever in the aftermath of Boseman's disappearance. Others suggest that Letitia Wright's Shuri, Danai Gurira's Okoye, Winston Duke's M'Baku, or even Michael B. Jordan's revived Erik Killmonger might be Wakanda's next protector, in addition to Nyong'o's Nakia. The actors and crew of the film have kept silent on the subject.
When the heartbreaking first teaser for Wakanda Forever debuted in July 2022 at the San Diego Comic-Con, viewers got a peek of the beleaguered African kingdom following the death of its late warrior-king. Many have examined the preview's final sight of the new Black Panther's backside since then, looking for hints to their identity. Some attribute the unknown figure's build and outfit elements, such as their gauntlets, to Shuri inheriting the claws from her dead brother, a claim backed by the character's prominent placement in some of Wakanda Forever's marketing material. When Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits cinemas on November 11, 2022, the next costumed warrior of Wakanda will be revealed.