Jeff Vespa/VF14/WireImage Lupita Nyong’o (right) and Chadwick Boseman in 2014
Lupita Nyong’o honors the memory of her late co-star Chadwick Boseman.
The beloved Boseman is the subject of a video Nyong’o, 39, posted to his Instagram on Sunday. The actor died on this day of August 2020 at the age of 43 from colon cancer. Fans around the world were shocked and saddened by the news. The Marvel star kept her diagnosis a secret.
“Chadwick, what are you doing?” Nyong’o asked in the IG video, showing Boseman with a Sharpie in his hand.
“I sign tickets. I signed somebody’s shoes over there…” he said. The late actor joked that he signed “a pair of Jordans” even though he didn’t play basketball.
In the video, a crowd of fans surrounded Boseman in a movie theater, and Nyong’o asked behind the camera, “why do you think they asked you?”
“I do not know!” Boseman responded. “I have no idea.”
The caption of Nyong’o’s post reads, “Kept it real, keep it kind,” in tribute to her co-star.
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Winston Duke, who also plays in the Black Panther movies, commented: “An incredibly generous man…always sharing in helping, giving and loving…ugh…my heart…I missed ure beyond words my brother…love love! Thank you, Lupita for posting our treasure…man oh man!!❤️❤️❤️”
Letitia Wright, who played Boseman’s character’s sister in the Marvel movies, also commented with three heart emojis.
The new episode of Black Panther titled story wakanda forever will be released in November. Without Boseman, Nyong’o said, it was a challenge. Talk with The Hollywood Reporter at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the actress opened up about filming the highly anticipated 2018 sequel Black Panther after the loss of Boseman.
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Although it’s “a few years for everyone,” Nyong’o said THR that she was proud that they were able to make the film, calling the act, “a powerful statement in itself.”
“It was very therapeutic,” she said. “It gave me a sense of hope in doing it, and I think we’ve expanded the world of Wakanda in a way that’s going to blow people away — not just Wakanda, but the Black Panther world. It’s going to blow people’s minds, and I can’t wait until it’s no longer a secret.”
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In July, Marvel released the first trailer for wakanda forever. Nyong’o’s character, Nakia, is first onscreen, followed by Wright’s appearances as Shuri in an all-white outfit and, later, in tearful scenes on the beach.
A synopsis for the film states that the characters “must fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death”.