How the next Black Panther film will deal with the death of actor Chadwick Boseman is unclear, but one thing is certain: the film will not use CGI to replace the star, according to a Marvel Studios executive.
Following Chadwick Boseman’s death this past August, Marvel Studios EVP of Production Victoria Alonso has said the Black Panther sequel won’t use a digital double for the late actor.
peaking with Argentinian publication Clarin, Alonso said that there’s “only one Chadwick and he’s not with us.” Marvel’s parent company Disney has garnered criticism in the past for resurrecting actors for the usage of CG, most notably with Peter Cushing’s Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. “Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
Originally, Marvel Studios planned to shoot the sequel to Black Panther early next year for a release in 2022, and the company has yet to announce any delays. Ryan Coogler, writer and director on both the first film and its upcoming sequel, said that he was unaware that Boseman was battling cancer and his death came as a shock.
Letita Wright, who starred alongside Boseman in the first film, recently said that it’s too early to talk about plans for the sequel. “We’re just still mourning Chad, so it’s not something I even want to think about,” she said. “The thought of doing it without him is kinda strange. We’re just grieving at the moment, so it’s trying to find the light in the midst of it.”
I trust Marvel to do right by Chadwick and respect what ‘Black Panther’ means to a culture.