Chadwick Boseman did not read the script for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” before his death in 2020, according to the film’s director.
Ryan Coogler told “Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast” that he offered Boseman the opportunity to read the script, but at the time, the actor declined.
Host Ta-Nehisi Coates had asked where Coogler was in the writing process when he learned that Boseman had died.
“I just finished it, man. My last conversation was calling him and asking him if he wanted to read it before I got notes from the studio,” he said. “That was the last time we talked. And yeah, so I, you know, he died maybe a couple of weeks after I finished.”
Coogler said he could “tell something was up” with the star and could tell he was struggling with his health.
Boseman battled colon cancer before his death, but had not widely shared his diagnosis.
“I was tired bro. I said tired. I’ve been trying to get to him and Denzel for a few days now [Washington] he had been trying to get him too,” he said. “So I texted him and said, ‘Hey man, Denzel said he was looking for you too.’ Because he just did ‘Ma Rainey’ for Denzel. So he called me. And I could tell he was lying down. we were talking And Simone [Boseman] was with him And (laughs) he kicks Simone out, because he told her he didn’t want her to hear anything that could get him in trouble with the NDA. And she didn’t want to leave him. So I could tell something was up. But they were joking and laughing.”
Of the script, Coogler said that Boseman “didn’t want to read it because he didn’t want to get in the way of notes that the studio might have.” So he said, “It’s better if I can read it later.” But then I found I was too tired to read anything.”