Chadwick Boseman was optimistic that he was going to beat his four-year battle against colon cancer.
In a new report by THR, a source told the outlet that the late actor, 43, was "convinced until about a week before his death that he was going to beat cancer and would be able to gain the weight back for a Black Panther sequel that was scheduled to go into production in March. The actor was even set to prepare for the new film beginning in September."
Meanwhile, Disney is reportedly "processing its grief" on the passing of Boseman. "Its focus at this stage is to pay tribute to Boseman and not on the making of a Black Panther sequel," the outlet reported. The sequel to the film is set for a 2022 release.
Boseman’s family shared the news of his death on Friday (August 28) in a lengthy statement. "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," the family kicked off the lengthy message. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."
Since the news spread, several Marvel Cinematic Universe actors have come forward to honor the late star, including Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Angela Bassett, as well as his close confidant/co-star Michael B. Jordan. Click here to read his emotional tribute to the late actor.
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