In November it was confirmed that Disney was moving forward with a "Black Panther" sequel after the death of star Chadwick Boseman over the summer.
On Thursday, Marvel confirmed they will not recast Boseman's character of T'Challa in the upcoming sequel.
Disney's announcement said that Ryan Coogler will return to direct and the film will honor Boseman's legacy & portrayal of T'Challa.
"Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, according to USA Today.
"His portrayal of T'Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character. It's for that reason we will not recast the character."
The film is set to be released on July 8, 2022, with Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett reprising their roles. Tenoch Huerta, who stars in the Netflix series "Narcos: Mexico," has signed on to play a villain.
Last month, The Hollywood Reporter revealed filming is reportedly set to begin on the project in July 2021.
The publication noted filming is set to take place in Atlanta and last upwards of six months.
Boseman died of colon cancer on August 28 at the age of 43.