Say what you want, but Winston Duke would have seen his role greatly expanded in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Appearing in the original film a M’Baku, Duke is one of many stars from the premiere to reprise their roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Duke’s salary for the sequel recently increased significantly after the actor reportedly negotiated a hefty pay raise for an “expanded” role in the new film. It remains to be seen exactly what this will entail.
It was also reported that Letitia Wright is back on set to resume filming her scenes as Shuri. She had suffered an injury on set last fall that turned out to be more serious than initially thought, requiring months of recovery. There were rumors floating around that she might be leaving the project, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the actress back at work just yet. The filming schedule had been changed to allow Wright to fully recover and it’s possible this may have given Duke more screen time.
Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett are also back for the sequel. The film also features Dominique Throne as Riri Williams, aka Ironheart. Ryan Coogler is back in the director’s chair and co-wrote the screenplay.
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