Daniel Kaluuya Not Returning for ‘Black Panther 2’

Daniel Kaluuya will not be reprising his role in Marvel and Disney’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Variety has confirmed.

Kaluuya played W’Kabi in 2018’s “Black Panther,” the best friend and confidant of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the head of security for the Border Tribe.

Jacqueline Coley of Rotten Tomatoes first tweeted out the news on Wednesday, writing that Kaluuya confirmed in an interview that he could not be in “Black Panther 2” due to scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s upcoming horror film “Nope.”

Representatives for Kaluuya did not immediately respond to that Variety‘s request for comment.

Production on “Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler, wrapped in March, and the film is set to be released on Nov. 11. Following the death of Boseman in 2020, Marvel decided not to recast the role of T’Challa and the sequel will instead explore other characters from the world of “Black Panther,” while also honoring the legacy Boseman left behind. Thought it had been confirmed that original film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett would return, Kaluuya’s status in the second film had been unclear until now. “Wakanda Forever” also stars Dominique Thorne as a genius inventor as well as Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta in undisclosed roles.

Kaluuya is currently gearing up for the release of “Nope” on July 22. The sci-fi horror film stars Kaluuya alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, and follows the residents of an isolated town who witness a mysterious event involving a UFO and set out to investigate it.

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