It is being reported that Chadwick Boseman was attempting to reprise his most famous role as T’Challa in the “Black Panther” sequel just a week before he sadly passed away from colon cancer.
According to @Hollywood Reporter, up until only a week before his passing, Chadwick Boseman was convinced that he was going to beat colon cancer and be able to gain the weight back he needed in order to film the sequel to the record-breaking film “Black Panther.” The sequel to the 2018 Academy Award-winning film, was set to go into production in March 2020—and Chadwick was even scheduled to begin preparing for the film beginning this month.
Now, Disney is scrambling and completely uncertain on if or how it should proceed with the planned sequel. Chadwick Boseman is the central character of the film and it would make no sense to have it without him—and the studio could recast, but fans are very attached to Chadwick in the role and placing another actor in the role of T’Challa likely won’t be received well.
“Black Panther” is a billion-dollar film franchise that now finds itself without its star. Additionally, Chadwick’s death also impacts the entire Marvel film universe, given that the “Black Panther” character was scheduled to appear in other interconnected films, just as Chadwick already had done in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and last year’s all-time top box office grosser, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Disney sources say the company is processing its grief and focusing on paying tribute to Chadwick instead of a “Black Panther” sequel at the moment.
Only a handful of non-family members knew that he was sick, including producing partner Logan Coles, longtime agent Michael Greene, trainer Addison Henderson and “42” director Brian Helgeland — with varying degrees of knowledge about the severity of the actor’s condition.