Ryan Coogler
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Coogler belatedly rolled cameras on “Black Panther” sequel “Wakanda Forever” in June 2021 without the first installment’s star, Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020 (out of respect, the role of T’Challa was not recast). The first “Black Panther” grossed $1.34 billion worldwide and made history as the first big-budget superhero ensemble to sport a Black star, Black director and nearly all-Black supporting cast, boosting Coogler’s status as a big-time director after smaller critical hits “Fruitvale Station” (2013) and “Creed” (2015). While prepping the “Black Panther” sequel for its November 2022 release, Coogler also produced “Space Jam: A New Legacy” (which he co-wrote) and the Oscar-winning “Judas and the Black Messiah,” both from Warner Bros.




  • California State University–Sacramento (CA, USA)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Creative Impact Award
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
  • Inclusion Impact
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Police Release Bodycam Video of Ryan Coogler Getting Handcuffed at Bank

Police Release Bodycam Video of Ryan Coogler Getting Handcuffed at Bank

The Atlanta Police Department released bodycam video on Wednesday that showed two officers with their guns out just before they detained "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler in January.Coogler was attempting to withdraw $12,000 from his account at a Bank of America branch, when the teller became suspicious. Coogler had passed a note stating that "I'd like be discreet," prompting the teller to stall for time and then call 911.One officer could be seen unholstering his gun, just before putting Coogler...


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