“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” director Ryan Coogler said he regularly consulted with the family of Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020, during production of the Marvel feature film.
Tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28, 2020, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released this Wednesday, November 9 in our theaters. If at the death of his friend, the director Ryan Coogler almost put an end to his career, the latter finally chose to stay and rewrite the film in order to honor the memory of Boseman.
Kevin Feige quickly made the decision not to replace the character. Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole have therefore completely rewritten the sequel to the Marvel film. And in order to remain faithful to the actor, the director consulted the latter’s family throughout the creative process.
This is what Coogler indeed revealed on the microphone of The Hollywood Reporterduring the preview of the feature film which was held on Wednesday, October 26th.
“Chadwick had people who were in his life creatively, as well as his family, and we were in close contact with those people. Especially with his wife, Simone, and his creative partner Logan Coles.
We stayed in contact with them as much as possible, which gave us the space to create, but we obviously sought their opinion all the time. We can’t wait to share it with everyone.“
Angela Bassett, who plays the character’s mother, Queen Ramonda, in the film, expressed her apprehension at the idea of taking T’challa’s place at the head of Wakanda.
“It was very intimidating to sit on this throne and it was also very important. We all regarded it with great respect“, she said, while revealing that the actors visited the place where Chadwick Boseman rests before starting the filming.
“We were able to give him love, feel his spirit and stand there with him before we started filming. It was very important to us, and as you can imagine, the emotion was at its peak. (…) I still have goosebumps. We were on the verge of tears, “How are we going to go on without him?“.”
A palpable emotion throughout this film, which is to be discovered in our cinemas from this Wednesday, November 9.
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