By Stephen Ippolito | July 21st, 2021
According to Variety, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has added actress/writer/producer/director Michaela Coel to its cast. Production for the Ryan Coogler sequel began last month at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.
The outlet didn’t reveal who Coel would be playing in the film. As usual, I’m sure this will now cause fans online to go crazy and try and guess who it is. In fact, I’ve already seen a few people on Reddit speculate that she’s playing Storm.
Coel is coming off a critically acclaimed year in which she was nominated for four Emmy awards for her work on the HBO show I May Destroy You. Her other credits include Netflix’s Black Mirror and a small role as a “Resistance Monitor” in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Marvel Studios has been pretty quiet on plot details for the film. However, it has been reported that the sequel will involve a conflict between Atlantis and Wakanda. It’s also been reported that the film’s villain, Namor, will be played by Narcos: Mexico actor Tenoch Huerta.
In December, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that the role of T’Challa would not be recast after the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman last August. It’s expected that T’Challa’s sister, Shuri (played by Letitia Wright), would take up the mantle of Black Panther.
Along with Coel, Huerta, and Wright, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will star Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett, all of which will reprise their roles from the first film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated to hit theaters on July 8, 2022.