After the sudden death of star Chadwick Boseman in August, original plans to commence production next March were postponed.
Now according to The Hollywood Reporter, July 2021 has become the next proposed date to start shooting the sequel. Sources have said the shooting will start next summer in Atlanta, Georgia, and last for six months or more.
Narcos star Tenoch Huerta was also confirmed to be joining the as-yet-untitled Black Panther 2, while Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett were all expected to return from the original film to their roles.
One thing that we won't see in the second film, however, is the late Chadwick Boseman's body double. Marvel issued a statement last week paying tribute to Boseman, who played King T'Challa in the 2018 film, adding that there were no plans for the new film to use digital technology.
Victoria Alonso, executive vice president of Marvel Studios, told Clarin: "There is only one Chadwick, and he's not with us," said Alonso. "Unfortunately, our King died in real life, not only in fiction, and we're taking a little time to see how we're going back to history and what we're doing to honor this chapter of what happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so awful, so real."
She added: "Because not only was Chadwick a wonder... but it also seems to me that what he did raise us as a company, as a character, and left his moment in history." I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in manufacturing, and one says it's been a long time already.
"But it doesn't take long for us to think carefully about what we're going to do and how we're going to do it and to think about how we're going to honor the franchise."
NME called the film "the best Marvel movie yet," reviewing Black Panther upon its release in 2018, adding: "It's a joyful, chest-voice statement that there are other voices to be heard in blockbuster cinema and new worlds to be seen." This is a film that is critical and an utter, watch-it-again-immediate blast.