Thoughtful Tributes to Chadwick Boseman Shined at the Wakanda Forever Premiere

The late Chadwick Boseman was the heart and soul of the first Black Panther film, so the new sequel film, Wakanda Forever, naturally has a hole that simply cannot be filled. “At first, I was filled with dread at the thought of filming without Chadwick [Boseman], but by re-inhabiting the Black Panther world that we all loved so much, we were able to pay homage to him and share in the loss,” Lupita Nyong’o, who portrays Nakia in the Marvel franchise, told Vogue last week. For the movie’s big Hollywood premiere last night, a few cast members then decided to use their style choice to commemorate the late actor, putting forward thoughtful (and stylish) tributes that honored his memory.

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Director Ryan Coogler’s accessory for the evening kept Boseman close to his heart: He wore a gold dog tag-style pendant necklace with the actor’s image on it. “It was a necklace that I had made while we were getting ready to start filming, because I wanted to keep him close to me,” Coogler told Good Morning America. Actor Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in the film, also chose a sleek Alexander McQueen suit—complete with a crystal harness—that nodded to Boseman’s look at the 2018 Oscars. His black Givenchy couture suit also had featured crystal embroidery along the lapels. Wright further honored his legacy by posing with the signature Wakanda salute, something Boseman often did on the red carpets. These fashion-minded nods to Boseman made the red carpet feel special and purposeful.