Danai Gurira was recently a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the actress and playwright talked about Black Panther, the possibility of an Okoye spinoff, and, of course, the Rick and Michonne series, Summit.
Gurira looked terrific in a black and white striped suit as she discussed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the heartfelt way the movie honored Chadwick Boseman. She would go on to state that the whole purpose of this film was to honor the legacy of Boseman, and the worldwide reaction was worth it.
She would also share that it was amazing to portray a strong black woman in this movie who experiences failure. The topic of how black women have been cast in strong black woman roles has almost become a troupe and has been discussed by Gurira and her peers. So, to see Okoye, a black woman who is undoubtedly the definition of strong, experience raw vulnerability has really resonated with woman viewers of the film.
Colbert would be bold and ask about the possibility of an Okoye spinoff, to which Gurira would say she is allowed to gently allude to the chance of this happening.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will begin streaming on Disney+ on February 1st.
Danai Gurira – Rick & Michonne spinoff
She also shared that pre-production is in full swing for her Walking Dead spinoff series, Summit, which will see her reprise her role as Michonne. She will be joined by her on-screen love, Andrew Lincoln, who will play Rick Grimes again. She describes the series as “an epic love story” that will bring back together these two characters who have long been separated.
In the summer of 2022, Guriria portrayed Richard III for Shakespeare in the Park, and she and Colbert discussed this role. She was delighted to take on the role as “it isn’t often a girl gets to play the bad guy.” PBS recorded this production, and she believes it will be available on Great Performances in May 2023.