According to Variety, character details are closed and insiders say Coel has joined director Ryan Coogler at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, where production on the film began last month.
Coel recently burst on the Hollywood radar in 2020 with his critically acclaimed series ‘I May Destroy You,’ for which he received four Emmy nominations. In addition to writing, directing and producing, Coel starred on the show as a popular writer processing the trauma of rape in contemporary London.
Coel’s other credits include the hit series ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Chewing Gum’, and the films ‘Been So Long’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. She is currently not represented by a talent agency and works through her independent label. Falkna Productions, which co-produced ‘I May Destroy You’.
While the additional cast has not been confirmed, much of the cast from Marvel’s first film ‘Black Panther’, which includes Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke, is expected to return.
Referring to the protagonist of the previous film, the late star Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020 after battling colon cancer, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Variety in late June: “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad.”
He further added, “But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We will do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
Coogler has reworked the script after Boseman’s unexpected death from colon cancer a year ago. Nyong’o recently noted, “The way he’s reshaped the second film is very respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world.”
The first ‘Black Panther’ had grossed $ 1.3 billion at the global box office.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for release on July 8, 2022.
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