‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Stars Hit the Red Carpet for World Premiere (Photos)

Black Panther Premiere (Getty Images)

The cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever wowed fans in Hollywood Wednesday night at the world premiere of the Marvel film.

Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira all made bold fashion statements as they walked the purple carpet.

They were joined by Leticia Wright and director Ryan Coogler, who helmed the first film and the sequel.

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Angela Bassett attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere in Hollywood. (Credit: Getty Images)
Angela Bassett (Credit: Getty Images)
Letitia Wright attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere in Hollywood. (Credit: Getty Images)
Letitia Wright (Credit: Getty Images)

Rihanna joined the actors to support her new song “Lift Me Up,” featured on the film’s soundtrack.

The Savage x Fenty founder wore a gray wrap-around Rick Owens gown. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the form-fitting design debuted in Owens’ fall 2022 collection and was inspired by 1930s fashion.

Rihanna attended the premiere with boyfriend A$AP Rocky, who donned a coordinating neutral-colored look.

Rihanna attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere in Hollywood. (Credit: Getty Images)
Rihanna (Getty Images)
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky attend the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere in Hollywood. (Credit: Getty Images)
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky (Getty Images)

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows the fictional nation of Wakanda after it loses its king and is attacked by a secret underwater nation.

The film features returning stars Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman. They’re joined by Tenoch Huerta as Namor and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart.

The follow-up to 2018 blockbuster Black Panther was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of Chadwick Boseman, who starred as T’Challa/Black Panther.

Boseman died from colon cancer in August 2020, after privately battling the disease.

Ryan Coogler attends the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere in Hollywood. (Credit: Getty Images)
Ryan Coogler (Getty Images)

In September, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige told Empire the team behind the sequel decided not to recast the T’Challa role.

“It just felt like it was much too soon to recast,” he said. “And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan [Coogler] poured that into the story.”

The cast has said the film will honor Boseman’s memory.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives in theaters on Nov. 11.