Lupita Nyong’o is in a “pensive state” about the sequel to ‘Black Panther’.

The 38-year-old actress will play the role of Nakia in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film but cannot imagine returning to the set without Chadwick Boseman, who starred in the original but passed away 43 years after a private cancer battle.

Lupita said, “People are going to ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement is not the right word. I feel in a very thoughtful state when it comes to ‘Black Panther 2.’ His death is still extremely rough for me.

“And I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to be on set and not have him there.”

The “Us” star praised director Ryan Coogler’s influence and believes the sequel will “honor” Chadwick’s legacy.

Lupita told Yahoo Entertainment, “But at the same time we have a leader in Ryan who feels very much like us, who is also feeling the loss in a very, very real way. And his idea, the way it’s changed . ” The second film is so respectful of the loss we all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this.

“And hopefully I’m looking forward to getting back together and honoring what he has done with us and holding out his light. Because he has left us a lot of light that we will still bathe in. I know that for sure.”

Ryan previously described the sequel without Chadwick as “the hardest”.

The 34-year-old filmmaker said, “I’m just going through it.

“One thing I have learned in my short time on this earth is that it is very difficult to have perspective on something as you are going through it. This is one of the more profound things that I have been through in my life I have to be part of keeping this project going without that particular person who is like the glue that held it together. “