Black Panther director Ryan Coogler recalls his final conversation with the late Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler sat down with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday to discuss the making of his new film two years after his lead actor and friend Chadwick Boseman passed away.

In the premiere 30-minute episode of the Wakanda Forever: Official Black Panther podcast, which dropped last week, the 36-year-old director recalled his final conversation with Boseman.

A few weeks after Coogler had finished writing the script for the sequel, he spoke to Chadwick for the last time.

Remembering his final days: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler sat down with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday to discuss the making of his new film two years after his lead actor and friend Chadwick Boseman passed away - Coogler and Boseman pictured on February 8, 2018 in London, England at the European Premiere of Black Panther

Remembering his final days: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler sat down with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday to discuss the making of his new film two years after his lead actor and friend Chadwick Boseman passed away – Coogler and Boseman pictured on February 8, 2018 in London, England at the European Premiere of Black Panther

‘My last conversation with him was calling to ask if he wanted to read it before I got notes from the studio,’ said Coogler.

Coogler remembered that Chadwick seemed ‘tired’ during their phone conversation and said he did not feel like reading the script.

Boseman asked his wife to leave the room as he was contractually obligated not to discuss the plot with anyone with a non-disclosure agreement.

The last time: The 36-year-old director recalled his final conversation with Boseman. A few weeks after Coogler had finished writing the script for the sequel, Black Panther, Coogler called Boseman 'to ask if he wanted to read it before I got notes from the studio'

The last time: The 36-year-old director recalled his final conversation with Boseman. A few weeks after Coogler had finished writing the script for the sequel, Black Panther, Coogler called Boseman ‘to ask if he wanted to read it before I got notes from the studio’

He would not read it: Coogler remembered that Chadwick seemed 'tired' during their phone conversation and said he did not feel like reading the script

He would not read it: Coogler remembered that Chadwick seemed ‘tired’ during their phone conversation and said he did not feel like reading the script

‘Simone [Chadwick’s wife] was with him and he kicked Simone out because he told her he didn’t want her to hear anything that could get him in trouble with his NDA, and she didn’t want to leave, so I could tell something was up,’ said Coogler.

Coogler previously mentioned walking away from Hollywood after Boseman died, but he changed his mind and decided to persevere with the sequel.

The director said he coped with the loss by reflecting on their time working together, looking back at old photos and videos, and remembering their conversations. 

Dearly departed: Chadwick, pictured in the first Black Panther movie, died tragically in 2020 at the age of 43 after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer

Dearly departed: Chadwick, pictured in the first Black Panther movie, died tragically in 2020 at the age of 43 after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer

Original: Chadwick and Janeshia are pictured with Marie Mouroum, Maria Hippolyte and Michael B. Jordan in the original Black Panther film

Original: Chadwick and Janeshia are pictured with Marie Mouroum, Maria Hippolyte and Michael B. Jordan in the original Black Panther film

Earlier this week, Lupita Nyong’o revealed what it was like the first day on set following the passing of her beloved co-star. 

‘It was hollow. It was very evident that he was missing and we were all feeling it, but also we had each other, so we were able to lean into each other, it was actually the only way to go forward I imagine was to lean into it and be there for each other,’ the actress, 39, said on Good Morning America.

‘It was good to be making this with a bunch of people who knew him, who had experienced his light and his love and so we could commiserate and really lean on each other,’ she added. 

'It has an effect on everyone around them': Lupita Nyong'o has shared stories about what it was like on the Black Panther set without Boseman

‘It has an effect on everyone around them’: Lupita Nyong’o has shared stories about what it was like on the Black Panther set without Boseman

Lupita explained that all the characters in the movie were dealing with loss.

Playing the role of a grieving character helped Lupita heal the loss she was feeling personally. 

‘Nakia is a little bit more advanced in the stages of grief than I was, so it was therapeutic to work on this role to get through my grief,’ Lupita said. 

Wakanda Forever is set to release on November 11 and is expected to be one of the year’s biggest draws. 

Pure talent: (L-R) Ryan Coogler, Nyong'o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke attend SiriusXM's Town Hall With The Cast Of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at SIRIUS XM Studio on Tuesday

Pure talent: (L-R) Ryan Coogler, Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke attend SiriusXM’s Town Hall With The Cast Of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at SIRIUS XM Studio on Tuesday

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