Marvel executives have already said they will not recast the role of T’Challa, but some fans believe that allowing a new actor to take over the role is the best way to honor Boseman’s legacy.
Fans Call for New T’Challa
Marvel fans are calling for Chadwick Boseman’s role in “Black Panther” to be recast following the actor’s tragic death in 2020.
The hashtag #RecastTChalla trended on Twitter this week as people argued that a new actor should play the character in the upcoming sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Boseman passed away in Aug. 2020 at the age of 43 following a battle with colon cancer.
“The world lost a wonderful man in Chadwick Boseman. It needn’t lose T’Challa as well,” one fan wrote. “You’ll continue giving little black boys their royal hero, while also [giving] a chance to a talented black actor to shine.”
Many fans agree that the best way to honor Boseman’s legacy is to allow a new actor to take over the role of T’Challa. Some even believe this is what Boseman would have preferred. According to TMZ, Boseman’s own brother, Derrick Boseman, told the outlet that he believes Chadwick would have wanted to see someone else play the part.
A Change.Org petition calling for T’Challa to be recast has received over 43,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
“If Marvel Studios removes T’Challa, it would be at the expense of the audiences (especially Black boys and men) who saw themselves in him,” the petition says. “That also includes the millions of fans who were inspired by the character as well.”
The petition added that this effort is “not a call to replace Chadwick Boseman” because “no one could ever do that.” Instead, it says fans are “asking to continue the portrayal of T’Challa in the MCU… to fulfill the role that Chadwick Boseman worked so hard for the world to see.”
“As the first Black superhero in mainstream comics and the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), T’Challa is literally Black history,” the petition continued.
“Chadwick Boseman wanted people to see the role, and not himself. He believed that the roles he took on were bigger than himself, and the role of T’Challa was no exception.”
Marvel Producers Have Previously Pledged Not to Recast
The request to recast T’Challa, however passionate and sincere, is not likely to be answered. Production for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” already began earlier this year. Several people involved with the project have also previously stated the role will not be recast.
“We’re not going to have a CG Chadwick and we’re not recasting T’Challa,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told Deadline back in January.
Feige had previously suggested that the studio did not plan to recast the character in December 2020 when he honored Boseman during a presentation at Disney Investor Day.
“[Boseman’s] portrayal of T’Challa, the Black Panther, is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past,” he said. “To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
Producer Nate Moore echoed this last month while speaking to the “Ringer-Verse Podcast.” He said that because “so much of T’Challa…is tied to Chadwick’s performance,” at “no point did we consider recasting him.”
Letitia Wright’s Role in The Sequel
The online discussion of recasting T’Challa comes amid the spread of unverified Internet rumors that Letitia Wright, who plays T’Challa’s sister Shuri, is quitting the sequel over her alleged unvaccinated status. Many have speculated that her character could step into the shoes as the Black Panther superhero in the highly-anticipated film, but plot details remain unknown. Wright has denied being an anti-vaxxer, though reports say she has not received a jab to protect her against COVID-19.
Wright was injured on set in August and returned to London to recover. In November, production for the film shut down while waiting for her to heal. Just days after the shutdown announcement, The Hollywood Reporter said that because Wright is allegedly not vaccinated against COVID-19, production was facing hurdles organizing her return to film in the U.S.
Last week, rumors began swirling that she was quitting altogether, but The Hollywood Reporter put out a newsletter Friday dismissing those claims. The newsletter said that the project “is indeed on track to resume production in late January in Atlanta. With Wright.”
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“Emancipation” Producer Apologizes, Hopes He Did Not “Distract” From Film’s Message By Bringing Photo of Enslaved Man to Premiere
He said he plans on donating his collection of historical images to appropriate institutions.
McFarland Brings “Whipped Pete” Photo to Premiere
“Emancipation” producer Joey McFarland apologized on Sunday after facing backlash for bringing the original 1863 photo of the enslaved person the film is based on to the premiere.
“I wholeheartedly apologize to everyone I have offended by bringing a photograph of Peter to the Emancipation premiere,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram. “My intent was to honor this remarkable man and to remind the general public that his image not only brought about change in 1863 but still resonates and promotes change today.”
The photo, frequently dubbed “Whipped Peter,” is one of the most famous images depicting the gruesome realities of slavery in America. He is facing away from the camera, revealing the severe scarring all across his back. According to the Library of Congress, the formerly enslaved man was actually named Gordon. Will Smith plays him in “Emancipation,” which follows his escape from slavery.
While walking the red carpet of the film’s premiere, McFarland carried the photo with him.
“I have the photo. This is the original photograph from 1863,” he told Variety. “I wanted it to be here tonight. I wanted a piece of Peter to be here tonight.”
While lamenting the fact that so many historical artifacts have not been properly preserved, McFarland told Variety that he “took it upon [him]self to curate and build a collection for future generations.” He said his collection will be donated after he dies.
His remarks were met with swift criticism from those who thought it was inappropriate for McFarland to not just own the picture, but to bring it to a Hollywood event.
“Why do you own the photograph? Why did you bring it to a movie premiere if the intent is to preserve it respectfully?” The Black List founder Franklin Leonard tweeted.
“I don’t know, man, but bringing ‘a piece of Peter’ that you ‘own’ to the red carpet of a movie that’s personally enriching you so that you can collect more slave memorabilia that you’ll keep until your death,” he added along with a giphy of Kenan Thompson saying “yikes.”
McFarland Acknowledges Historical Photos “Belong to the World”
Others argued that the photo should belong to Gordon’s family.
“Being in possession of a symbol that reflects our trauma is exactly what our oppressor would do. He is his ancestor’s child,” another person added.
In his apology, McFarland said that he hopes his actions “don’t distract from the film’s message, Peter’s story and just how much impact he had on the world.”
Throughout the development of “Emancipation,” McFarland said he discovered many photos of overlooked individuals with important historical stories. He said he always planned to donate them and believes “there is no better time to begin that process than now.”
“These photographs, which existed before me, will be around long after I am gone; they belong to the world,” he wrote.
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Joe Rogan Holds Spot As Top Podcaster on Spotify in 2022
Earlier this year, some threatened to boycott the platform over Rogan and the health misinformation he shared on his show.
For the third year in a row, “The Joe Rogan Experience” was the number one podcast on Spotify, the company revealed in its yearly “Wrapped” feature on Wednesday.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” became exclusive to Spotify in 2020 after the host signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming platform. “Call Her Daddy” by Alex Cooper, also a Spotify exclusive, followed Rogan on the charts. “Anything Goes With Emma Chamberlain,” which will become exclusive to the service next year, came in third.
Rogan’s podcast has made several headlines over the last year as the podcaster faced backlash from medical professionals and major musicians for touting COVID-19 misinformation. Niel Young asked to have his music removed from Spotify in protest of the company’s deal with Rogan, and several other artists soon followed.
Just a few days later, several clips resurfaced of Rogan using a racial slur. Many called to boycott Spotify for platforming Rogan, but his popularity did not seem to fade by the year’s end.
There are over four million podcasts available to stream on Spotify and over the last year, the platform has expanded into new markets.
It also has started launching podcasts from several high-profile figures, including Kim Kardashian’s “The System,” and Meghan Markle’s “Archetypes.” Both of those debuted mid-year and did not crack the annual top-five list.
Comedian Gives David Beckham Ultimatum: Exit Role at Qatar World Cup Or £10K in Donations Gets Shredded
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded,” Joe Lycett said in a video.
Pressure on Beckham
Comedian Joe Lycett posted a video on Sunday saying he would shred £10,000 if soccer star David Beckham does not pull out of his deal to be an ambassador for the Qatar World Cup.
Ahead of the event, which kicks off on Nov. 20, many have been raising concerns about human rights abuses in Qatar. The country criminalizes homosexuality, and it can be punishable by death.
Beckham’s deal to represent the country was reportedly worth £10 million, and many are frustrated that the athlete took such a big check from a country with known anti-LGBTQ laws. In his video, Lycett noted that Beckham has been openly supportive of his gay fans and was the first premiere footballer to do a photoshoot with a gay magazine.
In an attempt to get Beckham to bow out of his role, Lycett, who is pansexual, offered an ultimatum.
“If you end your relationship with Qatar, I’ll donate this £10,000 of my own money, that’s a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting, to charities that support queer people in football,” he stated. “However, if you do not, at midday next Sunday, I will throw this money into a shredder.”
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded.”
Beckham’s Reputation “Shredded”
Lycett said he would livestream the money shredding if that’s what the situation comes to. If Beckham does not back out of the World Cup, Lycett noted he will be forced to “commit what might be a crime,” as destroying legal tender is against the law in the U.K.
“Although even then, I reckon I’ll get off more lightly than I would if I got caught whacking off a lad in Doha,” Lycett quipped.
Lycett then linked to a website titled https://benderslikebeckham.com/, which includes a written version of his message, as well as a countdown to when he will either shred the cash or send it to a non-profit.
Lycett is not the only U.K star to raise concerns about issues in Qatar. Singer Dua Lipa shut down speculation that she would be performing at the World Cup over the weekend by saying she has no intentions to visit the country until “it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host” the event.
Other stars, however, including BTS’s Jung Kook, are slated to take the stage.