Longtime Marvel actor Samuel L Jackson recently revealed that he and Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman were planning to make a movie together.
Last month, the Black Panther star sadly passed away after a four-year-long battle with cancer. The news came as a big shock to quite literally everyone as the actor opted to keep his illness private. Tributes from all over Hollywood began pouring in and Marvel is now facing a big dilemma as to how to proceed following the actor’s death. But now some of his fellow MCU stars is regretting a project with the actor that never happened.
While appearing on the Tamaron Hall Show, Samuel L Jackson recalled a project that he and Chadwick Boseman were planning on being in together that sadly did not work out:
“Yes, it’s sudden to us all. I was trying to remember the last time I’d actually seen Chadwick. And I was talking to Zoe, our daughter about it and it was at the Captain Marvel premiere. We walked and we started talking about another project that I had hoped that we were gonna work on. He was like, ‘I’m sorry, y’all, I’m not going to be there, but I wish we were gonna work together.’ We were talking about it, we had planned it for a while and it was, you know, it’s gut-wrenching, you know, to lose someone that’s such an important part of the culture.
In terms of what he became to the world with Black Panther. We all hope when we work that people will remember things that we will do. But he imprinted society in such a way, impacted especially the Black culture and giving kids a hero that they could aspire to. To lose him, I don’t even know if I could tell my kid that. It’s devastating.”
You can see the full interview with Samuel L Jackson below:
Chadwick Boseman began his acting career in television, landing his first role in 2003. Boseman’s big break came much later with his portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the Brian Helgeland-directed biopic 42. He then gained further recognition for his work as James Brown in Tate Taylor’s Get on Up.
Following his roles in Jackie Robinson and James Brown, Chadwick Boseman was cast as T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made his debut as the iconic Marvel hero in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before reprising the role in the standalone film Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler. Boseman’s Black Panther was then seen in Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up Endgame.
Chadwick Boseman was last seen in Spike Lee’s Netflix film Da 5 Bloods. Prior to that, Boseman starred in the Brian Kirk-directed action thriller 21 Bridges, which was produced by Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame helmers Joe and Anthony Russo. His final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is expected to hit Netflix later this year.