Last updated on Jan 29th, 2021 at 09:26 am

Following the tragic and untimely death of US actor Chadwick Boseman, Hollywood directors have been left with the daunting decision of replacing his lead role as Marvel superhero Black Panther

Chadwick lost his battle with colon cancer over the weekend after being secretly diagnosed with the disease in 2016. He is widely known for playing the lead character T’Chella in the hit movie franchise.

But it looks like Black Twitter – at least local tweeps – may have a solution to the dilemma. They’ve suggested South African actor Atandwa Kani be given the role, and for good reason!

Atandwa – son of veteran screen actor John Kani who in fact plays T’Chaka the father of T’Challa in Black Panther – was widely suggested for the role by tweeps who think he will do the character justice.

And he already has the necessary experience and background knowledge. Atandwa played a young T’Chaka (the role of his dad) in the film as well as being involved in teaching Chadwick himself how to speak Xhosa in the movie – the language supposedly spoken in Wakanda, a fictional country.

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The idea was kicked off after one tweep posted: “I honestly think Marvel Studios would do well to consider Atandwa Kani as the next Black Panther. It’s about time an African from Africa played a superhero”.

And many others seemed to agree too!

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However, die-hard Black Panther fans think Atandwa’s role has already passed it’s expiry date. T’Chaka dies in the first installment of Black Panther, so how exactly does the actor now fit in?

They also claim character T’Challa’s sister Shuri – played by actress Letitia Wright – should rightfully ascend the throne.

But that hasn’t stopped fans from suggesting Atandwa be re-cast in the film…

And celeb Sizwe Dhlomo has offered a solution that just may work – a prequel – with Atandwa taking on a bigger role as the original Black Panther!

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