‘They’ve been really supportive, we have an awesome new family’: Okoye actor Danai Gurira says Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s new cast helped her get through the death of Chadwick Boseman

The cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever talked about how the new cast helped them through the grieving process following Chadwick Boseman’s passing and saw new hope while filming the film.

The actress who plays the role of Okoye in Black Panther, Danai Gurira has confessed the grief she and the rest of the cast felt following the passing of legendary actor Chadwick Boseman in August 2020.

Black Panther Poster

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Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman was one of the most talented actors in the industry. Along with being a major role model for black kids who yearn for and deserve more inclusivity in modern media, he was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick was at the height of his career when colon cancer committed suicide. After waging a real war against cancer, Chadwick Boseman finally succumbed to the clutches of the disease in August 2020.

The world was heartbroken and teary eyed when the media learned that T’Challa had ascended to heaven. No one was ready to accept the bitter news.

Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther

Given that fans, who had never even met the actor, were so heartbroken, it’s almost unimaginable to feel the kind of pain that Chadwick Boseman’s family and friends felt. These friends included the cast of Black Panther he has worked with many projects, especially Okoye actress Danai Gurira.

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Danai Gurira Fets Backed by New Cast Members

Danai Gurira expressed with a heavy heart that the passing of Chadwick Boseman hit her again when she showed up to set the new Marvel movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

However, she clarified that the cast of this new Black Panther the film was so welcoming and encouraging that the grief she felt became easier to bear.

Okoye in Black Panther

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She went on to state that while she and the rest of the former cast members weren’t sure they’d be filming without their beloved T’Challa, the new cast members were incredibly supportive and “really held them back”.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Poster
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Poster

“We didn’t know when and how it was going to hit us. It hit us in different ways and at different times. Sometimes it’s enough to get on stage and hear Ryan [Coogler] speak before that, we were struck, like, looking at it. And there are different times when you’re just touched by that. And it was nicely said by Dominique [Thorne] and by Michaela [Coel] that they were really a support for us.

“There was a really tough day that I had on set and she was there for me. And you never knew when it was going to be a really tough day. And so they were really amazing, our new family. They understood that they were in a place where heartbreak happens and they really held us in. We have a great new family.

Danai Gurira as Okoye
Danai Gurira as Okoye

Everyone needs to have people in their life like the “great new family” Danai Gurira voiced her new colleagues to be.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will air on November 11, 2022.

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