Chadwick Boseman’s lead role in the superhero movie sequel into Black Panther will not be recast after the actor’s passing, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said on Thursday.
Feige told a Disney presentation for investors who Boseman’s performance as the proud Black leader of this literary land of Wakanda was renowned, which he wouldn’t be replaced.
Boseman died in August of colon cancer at age 43 after a four-year battle with the disease he had retained confidential.
Feige said that the sequel could honor Boseman’s heritage by continuing to”research the whole world of Wakanda and each of the rich and diverse characters introduced in the first movie.” He did not give specifics but said the movie was expected to arrive in movie theaters in July 2022.
Black Panther executive producer Victoria Alonso last month denied speculation that the filmmakers planned to utilize a digital dual for Boseman from the sequel.
Alonso was quoted as telling Argentine newspaper Clarin in a November interview that the filmmakers were taking time to select how to continue the narrative.
Boseman’s final picture, drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, will be released by Netflix on December 18.