Winston Duke’s role in the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to expand, as a report from The Hollywood Reporter notes that the star has been given a bigger role.
The report notes that Duke — who plays M’Baku in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — has negotiated a “hefty raise” for his return to the highly anticipated sequel. The report also mentions that Duke has been given an “expanded role” in the film and in the Black Panther lore, but it’s currently unclear exactly what that role is.
The report comes as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to resume filming following production being shut down following an injury to actress Letitia Wright’s shoulder last year.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is once again being directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay he is co-writing with Joe Robert Cole. It will see the return of most of its original main cast including Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Letitia Wright as Shuri, and Winston Duke as M’Baku.
In addition, Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) has reportedly been cast as the upcoming film’s antagonist, with some fans and outlets speculating that he might be playing the role of Namor. I May Destroy You creator-star Michaela Coel has also reportedly signed on for an undisclosed role.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently slated to hit theaters on November 11, 2022, over two years following the untimely passing of titular star and acclaimed actor Chadwick Boseman, who died at the age of 43 after his four-year-long private battle with colon cancer.