Lupita Nyong'o's TOUCHING tribute to Chadwick Boseman on the anniversary of his passing
Lupita Nyong'o has paid tribute to her late Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away three years ago this week.
The first Black Panther movie was an enormous success both critically and commercially, being the only 'superhero' movie to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Due to its success, and the wider MCU, a sequel was inevitable. However, plans for a Black Panther 2 became unclear after star Boseman tragically passed away after losing his battle with cancer on 28 August 2020.
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Nyong'o, who forged a friendship with Boseman during the production of Black Panther, wrote on Instagram on Monday:
"Three years ago today, I experienced a singular pain at the news of @chadwickboseman's death. The confusion was so profound that it took months to trust the feeling of joy again. This is a photo I took on film at the airport as we arrived in South Korea in 2018. We had just learned to do the baby heart with our fingers.
"Here Chadwick was adding his suave flare. We spent a glorious 72 hours there, and the memory fills me with so much joy. Death is hard to understand, maybe even harder to accept. But the love generated from the life he lived will fuel every anniversary marking his absence."
"Chadwick may no longer be in our photos, but he will always be in our hearts."
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T'Challa was not recast for Black Panther 2
There are a number of fans who believe that the role of King T'Challa should have been recast in order to keep the character going in the MCU.
An online petition was even been created for that request.
However, Marvel made the decision not to replace Boseman for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Nyong'o insists that was the right call.
“That is not the death of the Black Panther, that’s the whole point,” she previously said.
“It’s laying to rest and allowing for real life to inform the story of the movies. I know that there are all sorts of reasons why people want him to be recast, but I don’t have the patience. I don’t have the presence of mind, or I don’t have the objectivity to argue with that. I don’t. I’m very biased.”
Action / Scifi
2018 • 134 minutes
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Action / Adventure
2022 • 161 minutes