In 2018, Marvel’s Black Panther broke a litany of records at the worldwide box office and went on to earn a Best Picture nod at the Oscars. Fans were enthralled by the deep-dive into Wakanda and its African roots. Next, a sequel and a Disney+ series set in Wakanda from Ryan Coogler are well into development. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter Black Panther star Danai Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye in the Disney+ series.
Details surrounding the series in question remain unspecified at this time. However, it appears it could be an origin story of sorts. Following the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler and Marvel COO Kevin Feige has been attempting to honor the late T’Challa actor with their commitment to telling stories set in Wakanda. Most recently, Wakandan warriors, The Dora Milaje played a substantial role in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
When news of the Wakanda series first hit the web, Coogler released the following statement.
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden, and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and their partners at Marvel Studios, where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share.”
In addition to Gurira’s roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she appeared in AMC’s The Walking Dead for 7 seasons. Gurira is also the playwright for the Tony Award nominee Eclipsed. Her additional credits include All Eyez on Me, Treme, and Law & Order. Up next, Gurira will portray the iconic Shirley Chisholm in a biopic titled The Fighting Shirley Chisholm.
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