‘Black Panther’ director says Chadwick Boseman was the “glue that held it together”

Production for the Black Panther sequel is forging ahead, despite the passing of its star Chadwick Boseman last year.

‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler

However, the film’s director and Boseman’s friend, Ryan Coogler, is finding the process difficult.

During an episode of the Jeleme Hill is Unbothered podcast, Coogler said he’s still processing Boseman’s passing.

“I’m still currently going through it,” Coogler said. “One thing that I’ve learned in my short or long time on this earth is that it’s very difficult to have perspective on something while you’re going through it. This is one of the more profound things that I’ve gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person who is like the glue who held it together.”

Chadwick Boseman (left) and Ryan Cooler

He continued, “You spend your life hearing about people like him. For this individual, who is an ancestor now, I was there for it. It’s such an incredible privilege that fills you up as much as it knocks you out. So often as black people, we have to pick up the pieces after loss.” 

It was previously reported that Boseman would not be replaced in the upcoming sequel set for July 8, 2022.