Chadwick Boseman: ‘I’ve noticed change in Hollywood since Black Panther’

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its d…

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.

The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its diverse cast and storyline.

As for the lasting effect of the film on the movie industry, Chadwick told Britain’s Esquire magazine that he has seen a shift in the business.

“I’ve noticed change. I’ve seen a willingness of production companies and studios to castings in a way that they wouldn’t normally do,” he said. “You can’t make certain statements about a black lead, or a black cast, or having a certain number of people of colour – it’s not just black actors – anymore. In fact, it’s been proven that audiences want to see difference. They want to see variety and a world that reflects them whether it be race, gender, or sexuality. They want to see those things, so I think people are looking for opportunities in storytelling now.”

While the release of Black Panther has also positively affected the “business of distribution”, Chadwick noted that there’s still a long way to go.

“At the same time, I can’t say that everything has changed,” the 41-year-old continued. “The business is finding itself, and finding its value, so it’s still in the balance. I’ll also say that I’m in a unique position where I get to see the front and back of those things. There are a lot of people that haven’t broken through yet, and who are still trying to find their way and trying to get through certain prejudices. I have to acknowledge that, but they have more opportunities to do it.”

Now, film bosses are busy working on a sequel to the film, but there’s little Chadwick can reveal about the hotly anticipated Black Panther 2.

“The only thing I can say is that, for people who are hungry, the food is being prepared. I’m sorry I can’t say more!” he grinned.

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Ryan Coogler to write and direct Black Panther sequel

Ryan Coogler has signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2.The filmmaker will begin working on the script for the new movie, a sequel to the hit superhero film featuring Chadwick Boseman as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther, next year (19), s…

Ryan Coogler has signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2.

The filmmaker will begin working on the script for the new movie, a sequel to the hit superhero film featuring Chadwick Boseman as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther, next year (19), sources close to the project have told The Hollywood Reporter.

It is believed that executives from Marvel Studios and parent company Disney are looking to begin production in late 2019 or early 2020. Producers have not yet commented on the news.

Soon after Black Panther’s premiere in January, talk of a sequel with Coogler attached began, however, bosses at Disney have not officially added the film to the list of upcoming Marvel movies, with Captain Marvel, an untitled Avengers film and Spider-Man: Far From Home, among the flicks currently scheduled for release in the coming years.

Boseman is expected to reprise his role, alongside other key castmembers including Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright. The original story followed the character of T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, as he stepped forward to lead his people into a new future by confronting a challenger from his nation’s past.

Previously, Coogler explained that he wanted to further explore what being king meant for T’Challa.

“You know, in the comic books, he’s very young when (his father) T’Chaka is killed. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s a man, you know? And those are two different things,” he told film website Screen Rant in February. “So I’d be really interested to see, you know, what kind of king he is with experience and how that affects his performance in the stories.”

Black Panther was widely praised by critics and grossed $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie of the year and a contender for Oscar consideration.

At present, Coogler is working as an executive producer on boxing movie Creed II, a follow-up to 2015’s Creed starring Michael B. Jordan, which he wrote and directed.

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