Michaela Coel, the star of HBO’s I May Destroy You, has reportedly joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel Studios film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
News of Coel boarding the Black Panther sequel was first broken by Variety, which notes that — as is to be expected — her character is currently being kept under wraps. While Marvel Studios has declined to comment on the matter, insiders state that Coel has joined director Ryan Coogler at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, where production on Wakanda Forever began late last month.
Coel served as creator, director, writer and producer on I May Destroy You, in addition to playing the HBO limited series’ lead character, Arabella Essiedu. Coel’s work on the series has earned her four Primetime Emmy nominations. Her other roles include Tracey Gordon on Chewing Gum, Lilyhot on The Aliens and Kate Ashby on Black Earth Rising. Coel even had a minor role in the Star Wars franchise, playing an unnamed Resistance member in 2017’s The Last Jedi.
The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, Wakanda Forever aims to honor the legacy of late actor Chadwick Boseman — who played the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s T’Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame — following his tragic death last year.
Wakanda Forever is currently scheduled for release on July 8, 2022. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler returns to helm the sequel, with Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett expected to reprise their roles as Nakia, Okoye, Everett K. Ross, Shuri, M’Baku and Ramonda, respectively.