The premiere in Africa of the much-anticipated sequel to marvel Studios’ Black Panther is expected to be held in Lagos, Nigeria.
The event christened ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ will be held by the Walt Disney Company, in association with Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment.
According to a statement by Film One, the premiere will be held in early November ahead of the global release on the 11th day of the same month.
In the statement by Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa, Co-founders of FilmOne Entertainment, official distributors of the movie in English West African territories, they noted that, “being instrumental to the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in West Africa is a proud achievement and a milestone for us and the entire FilmOne team, it will be celebrated for a long time.”
The company noted that they are excited to work alongside the Walt Disney Company “to deliver a grand African premiere, even as we channel all our arsenal towards realizing a momentous box-office performance for the title.”
On October 3, the official trailer for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ was released.
The plot details of the film have largely been kept under wraps but Marvel introduces a new character Namor (who is referred to as “the Feathered Serpent God” by M’Baku) and is seemingly the antagonist in this sequel.
The “Wakanda Forever” cast includes; Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, all reprising their roles from the first “Black Panther.”
Director Ryan Coogler introduced series newcomers; Tenoch Huerta, who plays the main antagonist Namor, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livinalli, Dominique Thorne, who will debut as the young power-suited hero Ironheart, and Michaela Coel during Marvel’s Hall H panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con in July.
The sequel will be without the star of the first film, Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 from colon cancer. Coogler returns to direct, additionally co-writing the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole.