Casting News: Michaela Coel Lands Role in 'Black Panther' Sequel
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The rise of Michaela Coel continues with news that she's joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Variety reports that the I May Destroy You creator and star has landed a role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It's understood that she's already on set with director Ryan Coogler at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, GA.
Coel's role in the superhero sequel is being kept tightly under wraps, which is pretty typical for the MCU at this stage. She joins Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Florence Kasumba, and Winston Duke, all of whom are expected to reprise their roles from 2018's Black Panther, the 12th highest-grossing movie of all time.
During an interview on the Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast in March, Coogler spoke about the difficulty of making the sequel without the late Chadwick Boseman, who starred as T'Challa in the original Black Panther movie. "This is one of the more profound things that I’ve ever gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person who was like the glue that held it together," he said.
Coel is already having a terrific year after winning four BAFTA TV Awards for her zeitgeist-grabbing BBC/HBO miniseries I May Destroy You, in which she plays a woman dealing with the immense trauma of a sexual assault. She has also been nominated for four Emmy Awards for her work writing, directing, producing, and starring in the series.
What kind of role would you like to see Michaela Coel play in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?