Casting director Sarah Halley Finn discusses Black Panther, revealing Marvel knew “immediately” Chadwick Boseman was right for the role.

Marvel casting director Sarah Halley Finn reveals her team knew “immediately” Chadwick Boseman should be their Black Panther. Boseman made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. After becoming a fan favorite, he went on to star in a solo film, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Featuring a predominantly Black cast, Black Panther was a huge step forward for Marvel in terms of representation, with Boseman leading the charge. The movie was also a critical and commercial success, becoming the first superhero movie to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. It’s widely considered to be one of the MCU’s best films.

Sadly, this weekend came the shocking news Boseman had passed away from colon cancer. Despite being diagnosed in 2016, the actor continued acting throughout the last four years, including in the MCU. Following his passing, colleagues and fans began to share tributes online, including Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Boseman’s Marvel co-stars also paid their respects, with Captain America star Chris Evans calling Boseman “a true original.” Angela Bassett, who played Boseman’s onscreen mother, was also among those who shared a heartfelt message, calling him “family.”