The upcoming 'Black Panther' sequel has had a rocky road to the silver screen, and it has now been confirmed one of the stars from the original film will not be reprising their role in the sequel.
Kaluuya, who played W'Kabi in the 2018 blockbuster, was asked to return for the sequel but declined as he was already committed to starring in 'Nope', the new film from Jordan Peele.
'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' is the sequel to the 2018 Oscar-winning hit, and the film opted not to recast Chadwick Boseman in the lead role.
The actor passed away in 2020 and Marvel opted not to recast Boseman, with the film exploring other characters from the original film.
Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett will return for the sequel, while also introducing new characters played by Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta.
Kaluuya played W'Kabi who was a friend of T'Challa in the original film, and the head of security for the Border Tribe.
The sequel is due for release in November, while Kaluuya will next be seen on our screens in Jordan Peele's upcoming flick 'Nope', due for release in Irish cinemas on August 12th.
Jordan Peele recently told Empire Magazine that he regards Kaluuya as "my De Niro," a reference to the storied partnership between director Martin Scorsese and the Oscar-winning actor.
Kaluuya has become an Oscar winner in the time between the original 'Black Panther' for his role in 'Judas and The Black Messiah', and will narrate the upcoming Prime Video documentary about Arsenal's chaotic 2021-22 season.