Black Panther star Danai Gurira details ‘journey of grief and loss’ after Chadwick Boseman’s death

Black Panther star Danai Gurira details grief following Chadwick Boseman’s death  (Getty Images)
Black Panther star Danai Gurira details grief following Chadwick Boseman’s death (Getty Images)

Danai Gurira has said Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and explained how the cast expressed their “grief and loss” through their characters.

Boseman, who portrayed the superhero in the first instalment in 2018, died aged 43 in August 2020, following a four-year battle with colon cancer, leaving fans and his castmates devastated.

Speaking about shooting the film following his passing, Gurira, who stars as Okoye in the film, reflected: “We were all on a journey of grief and the loss and so were the characters.

“We knew very clearly from when Ryan [director Ryan Coogler] said we’re doing it and he was so clear this is what Chadwick would have wanted.

“Once he said that we really felt that. He was such a generous soul towards his community, towards what the story was doing for representation for people and we knew immediately it’s what he’d want.

“So then it was all about giving our all to it,” the 44-year-old said during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

Gurira admitted shooting the latest instalment without Boseman was ‘tough’ (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images f)
Gurira admitted shooting the latest instalment without Boseman was ‘tough’ (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images f)

“And that was definitely deeply the purpose that we had going through it.

“It was a very tough shoot in a lot of ways, a lot of challenges were hitting us, but it was just the determination we had really to honour him and to keep his legacy going.”

Actor Martin Freeman, who plays Everett K. Ross in the film, reflected on filming Boseman’s character’s funeral and the reality of not having the star with them anymore on-screen.

Freeman added: “I love that funeral scene. I think it’s really beautifully done.

“I just felt the absence of it.

“When you don’t see him on the call sheet and you don’t see him around and you know he’s not in the next trailer down, it was very strange. It was a really strange thing.”

The Jonathan Ross Show airs 10pm every Saturday on ITV and ITV Hub