How Chadwick Boseman’s Family Reacted to ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

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After Chadwick Boseman’s death in 2020, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler almost didn’t go through with making the planned sequel — or making any movies. “I was at a point where I thought, ‘I’m walking away from this company,'” he recently told Entertainment Weekly. “I didn’t know if I could make another film period, [let alone] another Black Panther movie because it hurt a lot. I thought, ‘Man, how could I open myself up like that again?’”

Ultimately, Coogler and the Black Panther cast were able to move on with the film, and they ensured that Boseman was honored throughout the film—from a new, Black Panther-central title card to a dedication in the closing credits of Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up”. And then there’s the plot itself, which Boseman’s see Black Panther castmates channel their own real-world grief into their characters, who struggle with the loss of Boseman’s character, T’Challa.

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In interviews, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett and others Black Panther stars have talked about paying tribute to Boseman through the sequel — and they’re not alone. Boseman’s family also supports Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Boseman’s family and friends played an important role in the writing process. “Chadwick had people who were creative in his life, as well as family, and we were in close contact with those people,” Coogler recently said. The Hollywood Reporter adding that the production was “very close, specifically with his wife, Simone” [Ledward Boseman], and his creative partner Logan Coles.” Coogler noted that their involvement “gave us the space to create”.

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Simone Ledward Boseman attended the film’s October 26 premiere in Los Angeles and wrote her photo of the event: “Wakanda forever, and ever.” She also attended an event celebrating the launch of The Chadwick Boseman Foundation for the Arts, which was set up with the help of Marvel Studios.

In an interview with Entertainment tonight, Ledward Boseman praised Coogler’s work and the new film. “[Coogler] really has such a deep love for Chad and a deep respect for him too,” she said, adding that she cried when Coogler first asked her for advice. “I think he did a really wonderful job of reflecting what the reality of sadness is and it won’t go away, but there are other things happening in the world and we can’t just lie down and stop our work,” she said. “we really need to keep moving and he did both behind the camera as with what everyone gets to see.”

It’s not just Ledward Boseman, though: Boseman’s oldest brother, Derrick Boseman, has also shown support. Earlier this week, he shared a photo of himself and his wife, Trista Boseman, attending the Foundation for the Arts event.

Derrick and Trista also both took several selfies with Bassett, who plays Queen Ramonda – and T’Challa’s mother – in the Black Panther movies.

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