Daniel Kaluuya Will Not Reprise His Role in Black Panther 2 Due to Scheduling Conflicts

Daniel Kaluuya made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the 2018 film Black Panther. Unfortunately for fans, the actor isn’t returning anytime soon as he recently confirmed he wouldn’t be a part of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Kaluuya played W’Kabi in the original film, the former head of security for Wakanda’s Border Tribe and the best friend of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). Eventually, W’Kabi lost faith in his leaders, turning to Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) for guidance. A statement from Twitter user @THATJacqueline confirmed Kaluuya’s absence from the Black Panther sequel.

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Kaluuya has been busy with the summer blockbuster Nope, set to arrive later this month, on July 22nd. The project is helmed by Jordan Peele, a close friend and important relationship in the actor’s life. In an interview with Empire, Peele spoke about the bond the actor/director duo share and the similarities to the Martin Scorsese/Robert De Niro dynamic.

“It’s so funny, but by the point I was in the middle of [shooting] Get Out, that’s what I was telling him. ‘You’re my De Niro, man. You’re my De Niro.’ I was like, ‘I need you to be in the future ones too, man! You could just tell what we had in him as a performer, from m the very beginning.”

Kaluuya has been a part of several big films following his breakout role in Get Out, including Widows, Queen & Slim, Judas and the Black Messiah, and of course, Black Panther. Fans of the actor will surely be disappointed to hear about conflict with Wakanda Forever; however, audiences will get the chance to see him next Friday in Nope.

Who Can We Expect to See in Black Panther 2?

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With no Chadwick Boseman and no Daniel Kaluuya, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will look far different from its predecessor. However, there are still a few MCU favorites we can expect to see in the film. Letitia Wright will star in the film as Shuri, the lead of Wakanda Forever. Joining her are Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Winston Duke as M’Baku.

Ryan Coogler is returning from the original to direct the film, with previous work including Fruitvale Station and Creed. In addition, Coogler will write Wakanda Forever alongside Joe Robert Cole. Keven Feige is set to produce. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will reach theaters later this year, on November 11th.