Chadwick Boseman will not be replaced with a digital double in Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Production Victoria Alonso spoke about a Black Panther sequel and said there are no plans to replace the late actor with a digital version of himself.
Alonso spoke to Argentinian publication Clarin about the future of the Black Panther films following Boseman’s death in August, and she said there is no way to replace him and that they are in no rush to.
“There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s not with us. 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 the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really,” the executive said. “Because Chadwick was not only a marvelous human being every day that we spent together the five years we spent together, but it also seems to me that as a character what he did elevated us as a company, and has left his moment in history.”
When it comes to Hollywood films, the Marvel exec said sometimes they feel pressure to rush to get back to work, but they are taking their time. “I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in production and one says, already, it was a long time,” she told the publication. “But it is not a long time, we have to think carefully about what we are going to do, and how, and think about how we are going to honor the franchise.”
The late actor died unexpectedly in August after a battle with colon cancer. At the time, Disney said it was not sure how to move forward with the billion dollar franchise or any of the other films without him.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Disney could replace Boseman with another actor. The other option, as presented in one of the comic book series on which the book is based, is to have T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, become the new Black Panther.