- Chadwick Boseman didn’t read the first script for ‘Black Panther 2,’ director Ryan Coogler says.
- Coogler told Variety that Boseman was “too tired” to read the script before his death in 2020.
- Letitia Wright also told Variety that she went into a “downward spiral” after Boseman’s death.
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ director Ryan Coogler says Chadwick Boseman was unable to read the first draft of the sequel’s script before his death.
Boseman died on August 28, 2020 at the age of 43 after being diagnosed with colon cancer. By then, the first draft of the “Black Panther” sequel had been written and sent to Boseman, the lead actor of the first film.
In a cover story for Variety, co-star Letitia Wright said she heard ‘through the grapevine’ that Boseman had ‘coughed off the length’ of the script because it was ‘about 300 pages long’. .
However, Coogler told Variety that he later found out the actor never read the script.
“He hadn’t read it,” the director said.
According to Variety, Coogler then struggled to express why Bosewick hadn’t read it, instead writing on a piece of paper something like, “He was too tired to read it.”
Coogler added, “For us, in this film, the interpersonal and the professional are fused together, which happens sometimes. It’s a human thing. We shot it with the cameras.”
Wright, who played Boseman’s sister in the first “Black Panther” movie, also shared how she found out about Boseman’s death. She said she received a message on August 29, 2020, which read “my condolences”, which troubled her.
The actress recalled thinking when she first saw the post, “Is someone trying to prank me? That’s not a good joke. That’s not OK. . And I just did the first thing anyone would do: I called Chad.”
When there was no response, she texted Bosewick’s phone number: “Hey bro, it’s Tish. Please pick up.”
Wright then called another “Black Panther” teammate in London, Daniel Kaluuya.
“I was like, ‘Yo, I think everybody’s tripping right now. I’m giving you like five seconds to tell me this isn’t real,'” Wright said. “He was super quiet. I was like, ‘OK, okay, if you don’t tell me, I’m going to keep calling Chad until he picks up.'”
Wright said Kaluuya heard her call Boseman on another phone and he stopped her.
Wright said Kaluuya’s words hit him when he said, “Tish. His family…”
Wright said the loss of Boseman sent her on a “downward spiral” and that she was upset that she couldn’t go to Boseman’s private American memorial due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It haunted me for months that I couldn’t say goodbye to him or be with my ‘Black Panther’ family to share this moment,” she said. “I kind of had to do it myself. Like, thank God he came to see me and all that. But it wasn’t enough. I wanted to book a flight that day.”
Wright said she gets by by burying herself in work, like her character Shuri in “Wakanda Forever.”
When the actor finally had a chat with Coogler about “Wakanda Forever,” she said she decided to dedicate the film to “Chad and God.”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” hits theaters Friday.
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