With filming underway on the Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Lupita Nyong’o shared her prep routine with fans via an Instagram video. The Oscar-winning actress can be seen in the video training in New York in June, and thanks to the cameras on the… Black Panther follow up it’s gone viral again.
“Fitness was once my friend,” the star said of her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever workout on Instagram. “Getting to know and love it again (but the junk stays in the trunk!) #SummerBody.”
Nyong’o is one of several stars who have shared their exercises and workout routines as they prepare for their roles in superhero movies, both from miracle and DC. Recently, The Rock shared an entire diet regimen that kept him in his prime for taking DCs Black Adam, as Brie Larson shared her workout videos as she gears up for her role as Captain Marvel.
Nyong’o recently spoke about returning to her Wakandan role in an interview with Yahoo!, and how it was still pretty hard to imagine that Chadwick Boseman wouldn’t be in the sequel. “People will ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement is not the word I feel like I am in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to Black Panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw for me,” Nyong’o said. “And I can’t even imagine what it will be like to get on set and not have him… But at the same time, we have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like us, who also feels the loss in a very, very real way.”
“And his idea, the way he’s reshaped the second film, is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world,” she continued. “So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully what I’m looking forward to is to get back together and honor what he started with us and keep his light through it. Because he’s given us a lot of light.” I’m still going to bathe in it. I’m sure of that.”
In 2020, Marvel’s president Kevin Feige spoke about how the sequel would honor Boseman’s legacy when he spoke about the film at Disney Investor Day last year. “Chadwick Boseman was a tremendously talented actor and an inspirational person, who has influenced our entire lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic, transcending any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. and it is for that reason we will not recast the character. However, in order to honor the legacy Chad has helped us build through his portrayal of the King of Wakanda, we want to continue exploring the world of Wakanda and all the rich and varied characters used in the first film.”
In addition to Nyong’o, the film will see the return of many Black Panther stars including Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett who will all reprise their roles. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to hit theaters on July 8, 2022.
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