Ava DuVernay and the Producers of ‘Black Panther’ Are Taking Their Project to the Next Level

Ava DuVernay and the Producers of 'Black Panther' Are Taking Their Project to the Next Level

Lupita Nyong’o didn’t want Chadwick Boseman recast in ‘Black Panther’ sequel either

It was supposed to be a fun project for director Ava DuVernay. But after nearly a decade of casting, there is still no replacement for the Oscar-winning star of ‘Selma,’ whose character is killed off in the climactic final scene of the movie.

After a disastrous casting call, and a script that was rejected by Disney, DuVernay and the producers are doing something different.

‘Black Panther’ producer Ava DuVernay cast a new black lead for the film, Chadwick Boseman, and there is now a new script in the works. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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DuVernay has been busy lately.

She put her money where her mouth is and she’s producing a major event movie for one of Disney’s top franchises, ‘Black Panther,’ which will be released on Feb. 27.

And while she was directing ‘Selma’ — starring Lupita Nyong’o and directed by Ava DuVernay — she made an offer that would have netted the Oscar-winning actress an Oscar.

“It was a different way to cast the role of Cassia. We weren’t necessarily looking for a different actor or casting director or producer. We could have just done it with other actresses that we wanted to see and had a different experience,” says DuVernay. “In the end, we fell in love with Chadwick Boseman, that’s all there was.”

But after years of casting, no one has stepped up to the plate, and now there is a new script, and it’s about time the project makes a big push.

DuVernay and the producers are planning to take their project to the next level.


“We are going to take our time and do it right,” says DuVernay. “It is not easy, but we are going to do everything we can to make it happen. We are also going to do all the things that we couldn’t do with the first actress we wanted to cast.

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