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Things We Saw Today: Tenoch Huerta Joins the Cast of Black Panther 2

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Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler are moving forward with plans for Black Panther 2 to begin shooting next summer in Atlanta. The production was put on pause after the sudden and tragic passing of beloved actor Chadwick Boseman, who delivered an indelible performance in the title role. Disney has already said that they won’t be using CGI to recreate Boseman’s performance, but outside of that, plans for who takes on the Black Panther mantle are under wraps.

It’s rumored that Letitia Wright will take on a bigger role in the sequel. The actress played T’Challa’s younger sister Shuri in the 2018 film, and appears to be the obvious choice for the next Black Panther. Other contenders include Winston Duke’s M’Baku, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, and Danai Gurira’s Okoye.

One cast addition that has been confirmed is Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta, who will play an antagonist in the film. His role is still under wraps, but fans are speculating he may be playing Namor the Sub-Mariner, Windeagle, or White Tiger. Outside of Huerta’s casting, no other plot details have been announced.

Huerta is a welcome addition to the MCU, which has struggled with Latinx representation. So far, Michael Peña’s Luis in the Ant-Man films has been the only prominent Latinx character, although Salma Hayek was previously cast as Ajak in Eternals. Although it feels impossible to imagine Black Panther without Boseman, it sounds like Disney, Marvel, and Coogler are taking the time to make decisions that will honor Boseman’s legacy and the world of Wakanda.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Hector Vivas/Getty Images for Netflix)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.