Chadwick Boseman’s hometown is already looking to honor the late Black Panther star with a statue to commemorate the actor.
After the unfortunate passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman recently, his hometown of Anderson, SC is looking to commemorate the actor with a statue to honor his memory and work. The actor had been privately battling colon cancer since 2016 and had managed to keep his diagnosis hidden aside from a close circle. As Disney revealed it plans to grieve the star before deciding what to do with the Black Panther sequel, it was also noted that Kevin Feige wasn’t aware of the star’s condition. But the star’s hometown is looking into creating a memorial for the actor.
As TMZ reports, a spokesperson for Mayor Terence Roberts’ office explained they’ve already connected with an artist for a permanent public tribute to the Black Panther star. It hasn’t been decided how it’ll memorialize Chadwick Boseman, as the office is brainstorming ideas for a statue or mural with combined art elements. A change.org petition has also been raised to replace a Confederate monument outside the city’s courthouse with a statue of the star. This sounds like something director Ryan Coogler could definitely get behind, especially after his recent emotional tribute to the late star.
As shared by his representative, Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and fought the disease for four years as it progressed to stage IV. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife and loved ones.
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 as Jackie Robinson and James Brown, Chadwick Boseman was cast as T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor made his debut as the iconic Marvel character 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.