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Michaela Coel joins the cast of 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'


I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel has joined the ensemble cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to the Academy award-winning 2018 blockbuster. 

As usual, Marvel has kept tight-lipped about the nature of the role itself, with insiders confirming that Coel has joined director Ryan Coogler on the set of the production in Atlanta. 

An actress currently in the cultural limelight for her HBO series I May Destroy You, which she created, wrote and starred in, Coel also appeared in Netflix’s Black Mirror and Chewing Gum, along with roles in films Been so Long and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Collecting over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, Black Panther became Marvel’s second most successful film behind the blockbuster behemoth Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

Since the release of both films, Hollywood and Marvel studios have had to deal with the tragic loss of the late Chadwick Boseman who depicted the titular superhero in the film, passing away at age 43 on August 28, 2020. Speaking to Variety, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige noted the emotional sentiment behind Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, stating: “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad…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 would make Chad proud”. 

The cast list for the upcoming film is yet to be officially announced, though Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett are expected to reprise their roles from the original film. 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set for release on July 8, 2022.