Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright will hit theater screens in just over a month for the highly anticipated release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
And the trio opened up about filming after co-star Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death, admitting they took the love they had for him and put it into the film.
Detailing the heartwarming backstory of the action film, Letitia explained, “I pray that this film will help all the people who have lost other people.”
Chadwick played the lead character in the Black Panther franchise, King T’Challa, and died of colon cancer in 2020, at the age of 43.
‘I pray this movie helps all the people who have lost people’: Lupita Nyong’o (left) Danai Gurira (centre) and Letitia Wright (right) have revealed that the new Black Panther movie is full of love for recent co-star Chadwick Boseman
And continuing her memory are the film’s three female leads, with Leitita playing the character of Shuri, Lupita playing Nakia, and Danai taking on the role of Okoye.
Covering the November issue of elle magazinethe actresses detailed how Chadwick’s memory will live on in the film, and detailed what it was like working together.
Explaining that they “took all the love we had for him and put it into the film,” Letitia described herself, Lupita, and Danai as the late actor’s “sisters.”
“In the moments when we have joy, I feel him relaxing, laughing with God, like, ‘Wow, look at my sisters.’ We took all the love we had for him and put it into the movie,’ she detailed.
In spirit: Danai admitted that even though Chadwick wasn’t on set during the film, his presence was felt very much by the cast.
Heartbreaking: Chadwick played the lead character in the Black Panther franchise, King T’Challa, and died of colon cancer in 2020, at the age of 43 (pictured in character, 2018)
Continuing: ‘You wish you could hold on to him longer, but he’s not here. So all you have to do is piece together the memories and what he left behind. Make it beautiful and bring it back to the world. I pray that this film helps all the people who have lost other people.’
Dania echoed her co-stars’ comments, admitting that even though Chadwick wasn’t on set during the film, his presence was greatly felt by the cast.
‘There was something very reassuring about thinking about what it would do or how it would work.
“She had such an amazing presence and beautiful energy that was always grounded and generous and present, and yet she could also be so calm and collected,” she said.
Pain: Luptia shared how the film’s director Ryan Coogler offered ‘a raft from a deep sea of pain’
Chadwick found out he had stage three colon cancer in 2016, before it progressed to stage, and the actor passed away at his Los Angeles home four years later.
Production on the film began in 2021, with Lupita detailing how director Ryan Coogler changed the film’s story after the news broke.
She explained, “Ryan had already explained to me what the movie was going to be like before Chadwick died. When he called me months later to talk to me about the new idea, considering the gravity of what we had all been through, I remember him dreading the conversation.
“But then I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard what he had in store. She offered a raft from a deep sea of pain.
Sibling bond: The screen stars described themselves as Chadwick’s ‘sisters’ (Danai pictured with the late actor)
Plot: The film will show Wakanda dealing with the death of King T’Challa, as the nation mourns and moves forward.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will see members of the on-screen nation deal with the death of King T’Challa, with Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai) and the Dora Milaje fighting to protect their nation from intervening world powers.
The group will join Nakia (Lupita) and Everett Ross to form new alliances after the big change.
Explaining the importance of a diverse, female-driven cast, Lupita shared, “We get to see them being fully human. That’s something that, as black women, we often don’t have on screen. And there are so many female characters. Too often in these movies, there’s a token one or two here, you’re looking at a community.
While Letitia admitted that she, Danai and Lupita ‘hold each other up’, she described the moment they did a scene together as ‘beautiful’.
“It was a delicate scene, but there was so much beauty in it and so much laughter. We support each other in ways that we couldn’t before,” she shared of his co-stars.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit UK cinemas on November 11.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit UK cinemas on November 11