Michaela Coel has joined the cast of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, the sequel to the hit Marvel film ‘Black Panther’.
Character details are locked in as usual. Insiders say Coel has joined director Ryan Coogler at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, where production began last month. Marvel Studios declined to comment on the matter.
Coel exploded onto Hollywood’s radar in 2020 with her critically acclaimed HBO Max series “I May Destroy You,” for which she received four Emmy nominations. In addition to writing, directing, and producing, Coel starred on the show as a popular writer dealing with rape trauma in contemporary London.
Coel’s credits include the Netflix shows “Black Mirror” and “Chewing Gum,” and the feature films “Been So Long” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” She is currently not represented by any talent agency. She works through her indie label Falkna Productions, which co-produced “I May Destroy You.”
The first “Black Panther” grossed over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office.
“It’s obviously very emotional without Chad,” said Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios Variety in late June, referring to late star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in August 2020 after battling colon cancer. “But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that Chad would be proud of.”
While additional cast has not been confirmed, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett are likely to reprise their roles from the original film.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is scheduled for a wide release on July 8, 2022.