Michaela Coel, star of BBC One/HBO series I May Destroy You, has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sequel. According to Variety, Coel has joined director Ryan Coogler at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, where production on the sequel, titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, began last month.
Her character details have been kept secret.
Released in 2018, Black Panther was the first superhero to feature an almost all-black cast, led by Chadwick Boseman.
The sequel was expected to go into production last year, but after Boseman’s sudden death in August 2020 from colon cancer, the studio had to change its plan.
Much of the cast from Marvel’s first Black Panther film, including Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke, are returning for the highly anticipated sequel.
The sequel will not recast Boseman’s role of T’Challa aka superhero Black Panther.
Coel achieved worldwide fame last year after the huge success of her BBC One/HBO series I May Destroy You. She recently received four Emmy nominations.
In addition to writing, directing, and producing, Coel starred on the show as a popular writer dealing with rape trauma in contemporary London.
The British star has also appeared in Netflix shows Black Mirror and Chewing Gum, as well as films Been So Long and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.