Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya will not be in action in Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Set to be released on November 11, Wakanda Forever is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2018 blockbuster Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler.
Kaluuya told Rotten Tomatoes that he had to drop the film due to scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s Nope, which is scheduled for release on July 22. The actor was nominated for an Oscar for Best Leading Actor for his role in Peele’s blockbuster horror film Get Out (2017).
In Black Panther, Kaluuya played W’Kabi, the best friend of T’Challa/Black Panther (the late Chadwick Boseman) and head of security for the border tribe of the fictional African nation Wakanda.
Officially announced by the studio in mid-2019, Black Panther 2 has had a tumultuous ride after lead star Boseman died of colon cancer in August 2020. Following Boseman’s death, Marvel decided not to change T’s role. Chala. The sequel will explore other characters from the world of Black Panther, while also honoring Boseman’s legacy.
The COVID-19 pandemic added to the creators’ woes as several stars tested positive for the virus on set. In 2021, Wright sustained an injury while filming a stunt sequence, further delaying production.
Wakanda Forever will see Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Gurira, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett reprise their roles.
The follow-up will also have new cast members with Dominique Thorne making her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Riri Williams/Ironheart alongside Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta in undisclosed roles.