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Daniel Kaluuya says ‘Black Panther’ exit is ’what’s best’ for story

“It’s what’s best for the story, what’s best for the film"

By Hollie Geraghty

Daniel Kaluuya wears a khaki jumper in "A Lover's Fight" scene in 'Black Panther'
Daniel Kaluuya in ’Black Panther’ (Picture: YouTube).

Daniel Kaluuya has spoken about how he won’t be returning to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, describing the decision as “what’s best for the story”.

The actor last month confirmed that he would not be reprising his role as W’Kabi in the Marvel film’s sequel due to scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s Nope, which is out now.

Speaking at the recent Los Angeles premiere of Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul, for which he served as producer, Kaluuya offered his thoughts on the first trailer.

“Of course, I’ve seen it!” the actor told Variety. “It’s amazing.”

He then explained his feelings on not returning for the film’s sequel. “It’s what’s best for the story, what’s best for the film,” he said. “I’m excited for it. I’m excited to watch it.”

Kaluuya was also asked about whether he would potentially feature in any future films with Marvel Studios. “You know I can’t tell you!” he laughed. “You’re supposed to start with that !”

Earlier this year, Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye in the films, revealed that the upcoming sequel is “all about” the late Chadwick Boseman, who died from bowel cancel in 2020, aged 43.

Speaking at the 2022 Met Gala, Gurira told Variety: “Listen, we poured everything we had into it, and we hope that you experience that and that it resonates for everybody the way it does for us. It tells a very heartwrenching story, and that is all I can say.”

When asked how the sequel pays tribute to her late co-star, The Walking Dead actor replied: “I think beautifully, and I’m very thankful for how our amazing director/writer handled that. It’s all about him, and for all of us, it’s all an outpouring to love and to honour him.”

The first footage from the Marvel sequel was screened at CinemaCon, which teased Shuri (Letitia Wright) leading Wakanda into battle against an unknown enemy (via ScreenRant).

The film production has faced a number of delays, including when Wright suffered “severe” injuries after an accident on set. Her vaccination status had also caused uncertainty about whether this would disrupt the filming.

Black PantherWakanda Forever is due to be released November 11, 2022.