Black Panther director Ryan Coogler made a statement on the official website of Marvel about the legacy of the late actor Chadwick Boseman, who is known for his role as T’Challa in the Marvel franchise.
Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43 due to colon cancer on August 28, 2020. The whole world showed its love for him by paying tribute to the late actor.
In the director’s letter, Coogler began his words by offering his condolences to his family before sharing his thoughts on the passing of Chadwick Boseman. He wrote:
“Before sharing my thoughts on the passing of the great Chadwick Boseman, I first offer my condolences to his family, who meant so very much to him. To his wife, Simone, especially.”
While deciding whether directing the Black Panther movie was the right choice for him, the director said that he decided to make this movie when he saw Boseman with Scarlett Johansson and South African cinema titan John Kani together.
Ryan Coogler stated:
“I inherited Marvel and the Russo Brothers’ casting choice of T’Challa. It is something that I will forever be grateful for. The first time I saw Chad’s performance as T’Challa, it was in an unfinished cut of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.
I was deciding whether or not directing BLACK PANTHER was the right choice for me. I’ll never forget sitting in an editorial suite on the Disney Lot and watching his scenes. His first with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, then, with the South African cinema titan, John Kani as T’Challa’s father, King T’Chaka. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to make this movie.”
“After Scarlett’s character leaves them, Chad and John began conversing in a language I had never heard before. It sounded familiar, full of the same clicks and smacks that young black children would make in the States.
The same clicks that we would often be chided for being disrespectful or improper. But, it had a musicality to it that felt ancient, powerful, and African.”
Check out the Twitter post and read the full statement here.
Marvel Studios’ "Black Panther" Director Ryan Coogler’s full statement on the legacy of Chadwick Boseman: https://t.co/2kBRoLE1Q6
— Black Panther (@theblackpanther) August 30, 2020