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Fans Call for Chadwick Boseman’s “Black Panther” Role To Be Recast



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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Max to Agrees to “Properly” Credit Writers and Directors After Facing Backlash For Lumping Them in As “Creators”



The company said the credits were laid out incorrectly due to “an oversight in the technical transition from HBO Max to Max.”

After film and television writers slammed Max for crediting all writers, producers, and directors as general “creators” on its platform, the company said it will be adjusting its credits display.

“We agree that the talent behind the content on Max deserve their work to be properly recognized,” the streaming service said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. 

Max — the new rebrand of HBO Max that incorporates Discovery content — launched on Tuesday to much criticism. Amid glitches and app-switching confusion, the biggest backlash it faced was over the choice to lump creative roles into one credit section called “creators.” As one viral tweet noted, if a user were to select the film “Raging Bull,” the service’s display would not specifically credit Martin Scorsese as the director, rather, his name would be included at random with half a dozen other people, including writers and producers. 

The decision was condemned by many in the industry who argued it minimizes writers and directors by not properly giving them credit where it is due. Especially amid the ongoing writers’ strike, and with directors and actors starting negotiations with studios, some took it as a slap in the face. 

“The studios don’t want anyone to know our names,” writer Christina Strain tweeted. “It’s easier to pay us nothing if we’re faceless.”

“Another move from studios to diminish the role of writers, directors, actors and other craftspeople. Miss me wit this nonsense,” Jorge Rivera, the Vice-Chair of the Writers Guild’s Latinx Writers Committee, added. 

In a statement, Directors Guild President Lesli Linka Glatter said that Warner Bros. Discovery’s choice to “collapse” these roles into one credit “while we are in negotiations with them is a grave insult to our members and our union.”

“The DGA will not stand for it,” Glatter continued.

WGA West President Meredith Stiehm claimed the move was “a credits violation,” as well as an insult “to the artists that make the films and TV shows that make their corporation billions.”

On Wednesday, Max said it would rework its crediting. 

“We will correct the credits, which were altered due to an oversight in the technical transition from HBO Max to Max and we apologize for this mistake,” the platform said.

See what others are saying: (Gizmodo) (The Hollywood Reporter) (The Los Angeles Times)

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A Quarter of Young British Men Support Andrew Tate’s Thoughts on Women



U.K. residents at large, however, do not view him favorably.

Even under house arrest in Romania, misogynist influencer Andrew Tate still holds substantial sway over young men. 

According to data from YouGov that was obtained by The Independent, 26% of U.K. men between 18 and 29 years old who know of Tate agree with his views on women. That figure was largely the same for men between 30 and 39, as 28% agreed with Tate’s opinions on the subject. 

Men in their 30s were slightly more likely to agree with Tate on his thoughts about masculinity. Three out of ten supported those views, compared to just a quarter of men 18 to 29.

Those statistics only include the thoughts of men who have heard of Tate, but per YouGov, most have. In the 18 to 29 group, 93% were familiar with him, and 86% of men in their 30s knew of him. 

The U.K. at large was less aware of Tate, with just 63% of British adults having heard of him. Of that group, only 6% held a positive view of him. 

Tate has faced substantial backlash for his sexist rhetoric over the years. In the past, he said that men should have “authority” over their wives or girlfriends, and that women should “bear some responsibility” for being raped. He was previously banned from Twitter over his extremist views on women but has since been allowed back on the platform. 

He is currently being investigated in Romania for organized crime and human trafficking. He was arrested and held in custody in December but was released to house arrest earlier this year. No formal charges have been filed against him yet and he has maintained his innocence. 

Tate currently boasts a Twitter following of 6.7 million. It has grown significantly since he was enveloped in legal controversy, and many of his supporters have demanded his release. 

See what others are saying: (The Independent) (Glamour U.K.)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Involved in “Near Catastrophic” Paparazzi Chase



“While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety,” a spokesperson for the couple said.

“Aggressive” Paparazzi Chase Couple in New York

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were involved in a “near catastrophic” paparazzi car chase Tuesday night in New York City, according to a spokesperson for the couple.

In a statement, the spokesperson described the photographers as “highly aggressive.”

“While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety,” the statement added.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers,” it continued. 

Details of the incident are still emerging, but BBC News reported that there are claims the chase involved roughly six cars driving recklessly by running red lights, driving on the sidewalk, carrying out blocking moves, going backward on a one-way road, and taking pictures while driving. 

The chase happened after Harry and Meghan were leaving the Women of Vision Awards with Meghan’s mother, Doria. They did not want photographers to learn where they were staying and attempted to avoid them in what turned into a 75-minute chase on a main road in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. They eventually ducked into a New York Police Department Precinct to hide out before getting into a different vehicle.

The NYPD released a statement confirming that they assisted in protecting the couple as “numerous photographers” hindered their transport. Officials said they made it to their destination and there were no collisions, injuries, or arrests. 

The couple’s spokesperson is asking the public to not share or post footage of the incident. 

“Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved,” the spokesperson said. 

Memories of Princess Diana

The chase evokes the brutal press hounding Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was subjected to throughout her life. The paparazzi’s obsession with her ultimately resulted in her death in 1997, when she was killed in a car crash after being chased by photographers in Paris. 

Since marrying Meghan and later bowing out of the Royal Family, Harry has made it explicitly clear that he fears those events could happen again. Meghan has been the subject of endless tabloid scrutiny, enduring racism and harassment from the press. Part of the reason they left the Royal Family was to keep their family protected from such attacks.

Mayor Eric Adams brought up Diana’s tragic passing while speaking about Tuesday night’s chase. 

“I don’t think there’s many of us who don’t recall how [Harry’s] mom died,” Adams said while speaking to reporters. “And it would be horrific to lose an innocent bystander during a chase like this and something to have happened to them as well…I think that was a bit reckless and irresponsible.” 

Adams also questioned whether or not he believes a chase could go on for two hours in a city as congested as New York, but noted that even a 10-minute chase would be dangerous. He said he will be briefed on the exact timeline and details later. 

See what others are saying: (BBC News) (Associated Press) (Yahoo News)

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