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Cinemafrique: 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Finally Gets A Nigerian Release, SA Blaxploitation Flick 'Joe Bullet,' Oakland's Matatu Film Festival + More

The latest in Okayafrica's Cinemafrique features African film and TV news on Half Of A Yellow Sun's Nigerian debut, Joe Bullet and more.


Welcome to the latest installment of Okayafrica's Cinemafrique series. Every other Thursday we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. This week we take a look at the life and legacy of anti-apartheid activist Andrew Mlangeni as told by Future Sound of Mzansi filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba, Half Of A Yellow Sun's impending Nigerian theatrical release (finally!), what's screening at Oakland's second ever Matatu Film Festival, the New York African Film Festival's free and outdoor Cinema Under The Stars movie/music series and the lifting of a forty year ban on one of South Africa's first blaxploitation movies. Click on for the full scoop.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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