Writer and director Ryan Coogler penned an op-ed confirming Black Panther 2 will film in Georgia despite the state’s new controversial voting laws.
Georgia’s new voting laws have drawn criticism in recent weeks, notably resulting in Major League Baseball moving this year’s All-Star Game from Atlanta to Colorado. Georgia is also known for being a hotspot for film productions, especially for Marvel Studios projects. Directors like James Mangold stated they will never shoot a film in Georgia again due to the laws while other films are also moving production out of the state, and now Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is weighing in.
Black Panther 2 is still expected to start filming this July in Georgia as the film moves forward without Chadwick Boseman. In an op-ed published by Shadow and Act, Ryan Coogler confirmed Black Panther 2 will still film in Georgia. The director also explained his decision and vowed to fight voter suppression.
“While I wished to turn my concern into action, I could not do so without first being educated on the specifics of Georgia. Having now spoken with voting rights activists in the state, I have come to understand that many of the people employed by my film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202. For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia. What I will be doing is using my voice to emphasize the effects of SB202, its shameful roots in Jim Crow, and doing all I can to support organizations fighting voter suppression here in the state.”
Here is the synopsis for the first Black Panther film:
After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, he must release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
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Source: Shadow and Act