Black Panther 2 Has a Shoot Date and Casts Tenoch Huerta as Villain
There's breaking news to report on the Black Panther sequel at Marvel Studios. The Hollywood Reporter has exclusive coverage of the sequel's start date on production, March 2021, and a fresh bit of casting news, as well. Ryan Coogler is still on board to direct the sequel to the first film that shattered records ($1 billion dollar worldwide gross was first ever for an African-American led cast) and expectation. He has no small task ahead of him to ease tensions and navigate through a cast & crew still grieving the loss of Chadwick Boseman.
It's been an unprecedented year and strange time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to rollout the next Phase (4) in their set of films. With Black Widow and The Eternals postponed to 2021, production on their planned sequels has seemed to halt. But it now seems to be picking back up again. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett are all tapped to return to the cast. And now, Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) has been added to the cast in a key role to play one of the antagonists of the film. For now, we can only speculate what role that may be.
However, the sources at The Hollywood Reporter failed to indicate what the plans are on the role of T'Challa/Black Panther. This is undoubtedly sensitive information and I'm sure whenever they are ready to reveal such news it will be done so in a respectful manner. Many online have speculated that Leticia Wright's Shuri may take a larger role, if not the leading mantle of Black Panther. Others have suggested they shoot a motion capture, via Andy Serkis, or completely CGI T'Challa, ala Paul Walker in Furious 7, which I think would be disrespectful to Chadwick Boseman. Another option would have to be to recast the role entirely.
Personally, I think Michael B. Jordan should come back as a rehabilitated version of Killmonger and become Black Panther. It makes sense with Jordan's working relationship with Coogler and the fact that he is a bonafide movie superstar and a consummate professional. But that may just be my personal favoritism for Michael B. Jordan talking. What do you guys think? What should they do to replace the incomparable Chadwick Boseman?