Lupita Nyong’o is happy that the world will soon get to watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever following a few hard years for the film’s team.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Marvel Cinematic Universe panel on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, Nyong’o expressed her pride and happiness that they managed to make the film. The movie pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman, the lead actor of the 2018 hit Black Panther, who died in August 2020 after an undisclosed battle with colon cancer.
“It’s been a doozy of a few years for everybody,” Nyong’o, who plays Nakia in the films, said. “For us as a cast, having lost our king, Chadwick Boseman, that was a lot to process, and in many ways, we’re still processing it. When you lose someone, I don’t know when you stop missing them. And of course, we felt it so much, making this film without him.”
The Oscar winner pointed out that shooting for the Ryan Coogler-helmed sequel amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made the task more complicated.
“To make this film against all odds is a powerful statement unto itself, and I am very proud that we did it,” she shared. “It was very therapeutic. It restored a sense of hope for me in making it, and I think we’ve expanded the world of Wakanda in ways that will blow people’s minds — not just Wakanda but the Black Panther world. It’s gonna blow people’s minds, and I just cannot wait until it’s not a secret anymore,” said Nyong’o.
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