Chadwick Boseman hoped to start prepping for ‘Black Panther’ sequel this month

As Chadwick Boseman privately battled Stage 4 colon cancer, he still hoped he could regain enough strength to start prepping for the sequel to “Black Panther” this month, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

This image released by Disney shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP) 

The 43-year-old actor, who died last Friday, even thought up until shortly before his death that he could beat the cancer and regain the weight he had noticeably lost so that he could begin the rigorous physical training needed to play the T’Challa, the superhero king of Wakanda, a source told the Hollywood Reporter. Production was supposed to start in March.

Boseman previously told Bill Simmons on his Ringer podcast in November that the “Black Panther” sequel was “definitely happening.” The actor laughed: “People are upset it’s going to take so long.”

When Simmons asked if the film wouldn’t be released until 2022, Boseman explained, “For me, that’s not that long because I know what I have to do, to prepare for it, for us to shoot it, and then there’s the post-production. It’s a lot.”

The Hollywood Reporter said that Marvel chief Kevin Feige and the rest of the studio didn’t know that Boseman’s cancer had recently taken a turn for the worse, so his death came as a profound shock. “Now, the studio is processing the grief of losing a loved one — an actor beloved and respected on- and offscreen — while having to face the economic realities of forging ahead with a billion-dollar franchise without its titular star,” the Hollywood Reporter said, adding that Boseman was set to appear in several interconnected Marvel films.

In another story, the Hollywood Reporter described how some of Boseman’s close collaborators, such as Spike Lee and Ryan Coogler, didn’t know about about his cancer, or that his illness was terminal. He shared his diagnosis only with a very tight-knit group of friends and members of his team, including his agent Michael Greene.

“One of his greatest attributes was never burdening anyone else, but being there to shoulder everyone else’s burdens,” Greene said.

Greene told the Hollywood Reporter that Boseman’s mother, Carolyn, had always taught him the value of humility, as she, a nurse, and her husband, a factory worker, raised him in modest circumstances in Anderson, South Carolina.

“(She) always taught him not to have people fuss over him,” Greene told the Hollywood Reporter. “He also felt in this business that people trip out about things, and he was a very, very private person.”

That meant that Boseman might be in “hard-core pain” while working, including on the set of the upcoming Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” but Boseman was honored to be working with an actor of such distinction as co-star Denzel Washington. It also was “exciting” for Boseman to be able to adapt this August Wilson play for Netflix.

In his interview with Simmons, Boseman similarly said that his goal never was to pursue movie stardom, but he was grateful for the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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