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Heard on the Street: Danai Gurira Says ‘Black Panther’ Sequel Was ‘Act of Faith’

Danai Gurira revealed what it was like to make the Black Panther sequel without Chadwick Boseman, during an episode of Hell of a Week with Charlamagne Tha God.
Danai Gurira sits down for a one-on-one on Comedy Central's Hell of a Week with Charlamagne Tha God.

Danai Gurira sits down for a one-on-one on Comedy Central's Hell of a Week with Charlamagne Tha God.

"Oh, you know, I hadn't seen the script before (Chadwick Boseman) passed. But I know that there were, of course, there were changes. But you know what? I hadn't even been thinking beyond the fact [of] the devastation of having lost him. And then Ryan (Coogler) said, 'We're doing it, and I'm writing it,' and I was surprised. But then when he said, 'I know this is what, this is what he would have wanted. He would want us to carry the story on,' and I knew immediately that was accurate. That's who he was." 

"I think there's an extent to which (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) was an act of faith. And it was an act of belief that like what he went through and what he did to, to give what he gave to the world. We had to give our all to give that to him."

– Danai Gurira opens up to Charlamagne Tha God, during last night's episode of his talk show Comedy Central's Hell of a Week, about making Black Panther: Wakanda Forever despite the original film's star Chadwick Boseman's death on Aug. 28, 2020. The actress who plays the fierce Dora Milaje warrior Okoye also revealed that the Wakanda Forever cast trained with an Olympic swimming coach for the film's underwater scenes. 

Comedy Central’s Hell of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God airs on Thursdays at 11:30/10:30 pm CT. Watch clips from the episode below.

Another highlight from the episode was Charlamagne and his panel members Lindsey Granger, Godfrey, and David Frum's discussion about 21 Savage’s recent comment on rapper Nas’s fanbase and how new Hip-Hop does not respect old school Hip-Hop.