Today, Monday November 29, would have been Boseman’s 45th birthday. The star died on August 28, 2020 after battling cancer in secret. But before he died he made his mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing T’Challa, better known as Black Panther. Before the star’s movie received Academy Awards, however, the King of Wakanda was going to have a completely different accent.
Boseman revealed in 2018 that Marvel were planning on giving T’Challa a British accent.
This detail would have presumably been used to express some sort of regality in the African royal.
However, Boseman felt imperialising the character would have made T’Challa a joke.
Marvel felt an African accent for T’Challa would have been “too much” for an audience, Boseman revealed.
He went on: “I felt the exact opposite – like, if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home?” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
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Boseman went on: “It felt to me like a deal-breaker. I was like: ‘No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable?'” The American actor went on to discuss why Black Panther was so important as a film. He said: “Films can be escapism, but I don’t think this was escapism. I think this was aspirational. Some people may say: ‘Well, that country [Wakanda] doesn’t exist, that’s not real.’ But we were pulling from all real things.”
Boseman went on: “We were pulling from the great empires; we were pulling from the hairstyles and the culture and the clothing; we were pulling from mixtures of politics that exist; and we were trying to create not a perfect world, but a leader and a country that was aspirational, that gets it right.
“And so the fact that the world could look at that and draw from it during this particular time? Only God can do that, only something more powerful and more knowing than ourselves can place it in this particular time.”
In the end, Black Panther received a massive amount of nominations and awards.
In particular, the Marvel movie won three Academy Awards, all for how the movie looked and sounded.
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At the 2019 Oscar Awards Ceremony, Black Panther won Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Production Design.
Two years after Black Panther was released, Boseman died of cancer.
Recently it was reported that Chadwick would be replaced in the movie’s upcoming sequel: Black Panther Wakanda Forever.
Hollywood insider Daniel Richtman claimed Letitia Wright’s character, Shuri, would take over from her brother, T’Challa, while other reports suggested the character would be given a new actor to portray him.
However, the Marvel VP of Production & Development at Marvel Studios, Nate Moore has now confirmed Chadwick is not being recast.
He recently said: “I will say the chances that you see T’Challa in our – I’m not hedging my bets, I’m being quite honest – you will not see T’Challa in the MCU 616 universe. We couldn’t do it.”
He added: “I will say when Chad passed it was a real conversation we had with Coogler, and it was a fast conversation. It wasn’t weeks, it was minutes of ‘we have to figure out how to move this franchise on without that character.'”
Black Panther is available on Disney Plus now.