Panthers: Forever Wakanda’s cast has new stars. According to reports, Michaela Coel is the latest member of the Black Panther sequel, although there is no word on who she will play—and whether she will become a Wakanda. The 33-year-old London native Coel is best known for the BBC One and HBO series I May Destroy You. She wrote, wrote, co-directed and starred. In the Emmy nominations announced last week, Coel was in all four categories: Best Limited Series, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actress.
Variety reported on Coel’s casting on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and pointed out that people familiar with the matter told the publication that someone saw Coel at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, where the Black Panther sequel is currently being filmed. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” began production in June. Marvel Pictures declined to comment, Variety added that there is no detailed information about Coel’s Marvel Cinematic Universe role. This makes Coel the first known new actor in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.
So far, we have only confirmed and reported the returnees. Lupita Nyong’o returns as an undercover spy and T’Challa’s former lover Nakia, Danai Gurira is Okoye the head of Wakandan special forces Dora Milaje, Martin Freeman is CIA agent Everett K. Ross, Letitia Wright is a technical expert and T’Challa’s Sister Shuri, Winston Duke plays Mbaku, the leader of the Wakanda hill tribe, and Angela Bassett plays Techara and Shuri’s mother Raymonda. Chadwick Bosman’s role as Techara/Panthers will not be reshaped, and the sequel will refocus on the rest of Wakanda.
Behind the scenes, Panther Director Ryan Coogler returns to directing “Black Panther: Forever Wakanda”, a script written with him Panther Co-author Joe Robert Cole. Bassett revealed that there are at least five versions of the script. Autumn Durald Arkapaw (Rocky) Was set as the director of photography for “Black Panther: Forever Wakanda”. Kevin Fitch, the president of Marvel Pictures and the chief creative officer of Marvel, is the only producer. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the work of Marvel Studios, and Disney is a global distributor.
In addition to I might destroy you, Coel’s other works include the creator, writer and star of the E4 and Netflix series of gum, the protagonist in the Netflix music film “Been So Long”, and the E4 science fiction series Alien and BBC TV series Black Earth Rising, and played a minor role in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will be released worldwide on July 8, 2022.