Danai Gurira has signed on to reprise her role as Okoye in two Marvel-related projects.
claimed on Thursday that the 43-year-old actress would portray the general of the Dora Milaje in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will serve as a sequel to the smash 2018 hit feature. and Angela Bassett are already onboard.
The media outlet also noted that Danai is set to play Okoye in a forthcoming origin spinoff series that will air on the Disney+ streaming service.
Signing on: Danai Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as well as its spinoff origin series; she is seen at the 26th Annual SAG Awards in January of 2020
Earlier this year,reported that the original film’s director, Ryan Coogler, had inked a five-year exclusive deal with Disney to develop original content.
The publication went on to note that the series is set to take place in the fictional Kingdom of Wakanda, and plot details are being kept under wraps.
It is not known if the Walking Dead star would star in the upcoming show or if she is a featured cast member.
High exposure: The upcoming film is set to be released next year, and the series will make its debut on the Disney+ streaming service; she is pictured in 2019
Sticking around: Gurira’s first time portraying the character was in the smash hit 2018 film, Black Panther; she is seen with Lupita Nyong’o and Florence Kasumba
Development on a sequel to Black Panther began shortly after the film’s release, with the feature’s 35-year-old director expressing interest in continuing the movie’s story.
The filmmaker originally wanted to focus on the title character, also known as T’Challa, as he learned how to be a king in an ever-changing political landscape.
Coogler officially signed on to write and direct the feature in 2018 and initially expressed concern about living up to the original film’s impact, although he spoke about trying out new ideas with the upcoming flick.
However, series lead Chadwick Boseman suddenly passed away from colon cancer in August of 2020, which surprised many entertainment industry figures who had been unaware of his condition.
The filmmaker and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige were among those who did not know about the performer’s health situation.
Making moves: Director Ryan Coogler recently inked a five-year production deal with Disney to develop new content for the media giant; he is seen at the 2018 premiere of Black Panther
Sudden loss: Although development on a sequel to Black Panther began shortly after the feature’s release, its star, Chadwick Boseman, suddenly passed away in August of 2020
Although production was initially set to begin in March of this year, the star’s untimely death waylaid the crew’s plans.
However, the producers eventually reconvened, determined that a follow-up feature was feasible, and rescheduled the movie’s shooting for July.
Along with Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright are all expected to reprise their roles, while Tenoch Huerta is currently in negotiations to portray the upcoming feature’s villain.
The film’s title was revealed earlier this month, and it was also announced that Boseman’s role would not be recast or filled with a CGI version of the character.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently set to make its debut on July 8th, 2022.
Featured talent: In addition to Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright are expected to reprise their roles in the forthcoming projects; Gurira and Nyong’o are seen with Brad Pitt in 2020