Gurira will be reprising her fan favorite role as Okoye, leader of the deadly Dora Milage
One of the best movies out of Marvel Studios has been 'Black Panther.' The film starred Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, the monarch of the advanced nation of Wakanda and the inheritor of the Black Panther powers. With a brilliant cast, a great story, and one of the most successful blends of superheroes and Afrofuturism, the film became a worldwide success. People were eager for a sequel, but when Chadwick Boseman unexpectedly passed away in 202, it put many of writer/director Ryan Coogler's original plans in jeopardy.
While we wait for more news on the sequel 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', we have some new information on the upcoming Disney + series. Called 'Black Panther: Kingdom of Wakanda', we have learned from The Hollywood Reporter that Danai Gurira's lawyer has begun negotiations for her upcoming appearance in both the sequel film and the Disney + streaming series.
This is big news as Gurira plays Okoye, leader of the elite Dora Milage and fan favorite from the original film. As the general of Wakanda's armies as well as the king's personal bodyguard, Okoye is one of the most skilled warriors in all the MCU.
Speaking about the loss of Boseman, Ryan Cooler said in an interview: “You know, I’m currently going through it,” he explained. “One thing that I’ve learned in my short or long time on this Earth, however, you want to look at it, it’s difficult to have perspective on something while you’re going through it. This is one of the more profound things that I’ve ever gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person. Who was like the glue that held it together.”
He added, ”That said, you have a personal life, you have a professional life, you got a private life. When you work in something that you love, those things blend, they come together right? Your life kind of becomes your work for the better part of it. So, I’m trying to find a work-life balance, so I’m working on building two things that can stand on their own. I’m not there yet. But, this is without question, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my professional life.
“People will ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement isn’t the word. I feel like I’m in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to Black Panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw for me,” Lupita Nyong’o said. “And I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there... But at the same time we have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well."