Martin Freeman Talks Shooting Black Panther 2 Without Chadwick Boseman


Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman talks about filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever without Chadwick Boseman.

When Black Panther first debuted back in 2018, it quickly became one of the biggest superhero films ever made. It was praised by critics across the board and was, at the time, the single highest-grossing non-crossover superhero film ever made, earning over $1.3B worldwide. A sequel was soon put into development but tragedy struck soon after with the untimely death of star Chadwick Boseman. Unknown to all but a few people, the actor had been battling cancer for several years.

Work on the sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, ultimately resumed and production wrapped earlier this year. Many of the film’s stars have returned for the sequel including Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. The character first appeared in a supporting role in Captain America: Civil War before aiding T’Challa and his family in their battles against Kilmonger. Freeman will be reprising the role for the sequel and recently discussed how it was filming without Boseman.

While speaking to Collider, Martin Freeman talked about filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and how it felt like something was missing without Boseman:

“It was strange, that side of it. On the one hand, you’re making the film that you’re there to make, and there are scores and scores of people on set, joined in this endeavor to make the film. But there’s also no question that, at the heart of it, there’s quite a gap now, and you felt it. With full respect to Ryan Coogler and everybody else, who’s sweating and bleeding to get this thing done properly, it was fun. It was enjoyable. I was in and out of it quite quickly, I think. But I like playing Everett Ross. He’s a very fun character to play. He’s nicely simpatico for the story. He’s a good guy. But it was odd. Of course, it was odd with Chadwick [Boseman] not being there. There’s no way around that. I think everyone would find it pretty strange and sad, but at the same time, life things don’t just end. It’s not like, ‘Well, that’s that’s happened, so we just all have to go off and never do it again.’ But it was odd. When he passed, I thought, ‘Okay, well maybe there just won’t be another one.’ But there are still other stories to tell within that world and other great characters. I think, and I hope that we’ve made a good film. I trust Ryan Coogler a lot.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Collider

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