Is Daniel Kaluuya in ‘Black Panther 2’? Nope. Here’s why

Daniel Kaluuya will not be reprising his role as W’Kabi in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.

On Wednesday, Rotten Tomatoes honors editor Jacqueline Coley spread the news via Twitter that Kaluuya will not appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever due to “schedule conflicts” related to another project: Jordan Peele’s “Nope”.

The Times confirmed on Wednesday that the British actor couldn’t star in Ryan Coogler’s ‘Wakanda Forever’ because he had already signed up to star in ‘Nope’ before being asked to come back for the second ‘Black Panther’ installment.

Kaluuya has worked with Nope writer-director Peele in the past. The same year that Black Panther was released, Kaluuya received an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out.

In 2018’s Black Panther, Kaluuya played W’Kabi, the head of security for Wakanda’s Border Tribe and best friend of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. Production has experienced some setbacks since Marvel and Disney announced plans for a Black Panther sequel shortly after the Oscar-winning film premiered.

Originally, Boseman was set to reunite with Coogler and return to screens as the titular superhero on May 6, 2022. However, plans changed in the summer of 2020 before production began, when the 43-year-old actor died after a private battle with colon cancer.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in a statement to Deadline at the time that Boseman’s “portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and surpasses any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.

“To honor the legacy Chad built for us through his portrayal of the King of Wakanda,” Feige said, “we want to continue exploring the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and diverse characters introduced in the first film.”

In June 2021, filming began on the sequel at Pinewood Studios in Georgia, with a new release date of July 8, 2022. Until this fall, the studio paused production of “Black Panther 2” to letitia Wright – the T’Challas technically savvy plays – allowing sister Shuri – to recover from injuries sustained on set.

The delay came amid reports that Wright had expressed anti-vaccination views behind the scenes of the film – a rumor the actor dismissed as “completely untrue”.

Last January, Black Panther 2’s shooting schedule was reportedly delayed again by the Omicron spate of COVID-19 cases that affected members of the cast and crew.

Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now slated to hit theaters on November 11, while Universal Pictures’ Nope hits theaters on July 22.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-07-13/daniel-kaluuya-black-panther-2-nope-jordan-peele Is Daniel Kaluuya in ‘Black Panther 2’? Nope. Here’s why

Sarah Ridley

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