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Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman kept cancer battle private

Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman kept cancer battle private

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Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman kept cancer battle private

Chadwick Boseman's lead role in the superhero movie sequel to Black Panther will not be recast following the actor's death, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has said.

Mr Feige told a Disney presentation for investors that Boseman's performance as the proud black leader of the fictional land of Wakanda was iconic, and that he would not be replaced.

Boseman died in August of colon cancer at age 43 after a four-year battle with the disease that he had kept private.

Mr Feige said the sequel would honour Boseman's legacy by continuing to "explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters."

He said the sequel was due to arrive in movie theatres in July 2022.

Black Panther executive producer Victoria Alonso last month denied speculation that the filmmakers planned to use a digital double for Boseman in the sequel.

Boseman's final film, drama Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, will be released by Netflix on December 18.

Disney also announced a heavy slate of new shows for its streaming services, including Marvel and Star Wars series on its Disney+ platform and the Kardashians for Hulu.

Boom

By the end of fiscal 2024, Disney expects to attract as many as 350 million global subscribers across all of its streaming services, easily more than double the 137 million it has today.

Armed with fresh content, Disney will also raise the price of Disney+ by €2 to €8.99.

The aggressive push comes as Disney taps into a home entertainment boom stoked by the global coronavirus pandemic, with more people staying indoors and seeking out new shows.

Disney said it plans to release 10 new TV series each in the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, including two spinoffs of The Mandalorian over the next few years.


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