Lupita Nyong'o has said she is in a "pensive state" about the Black Panther sequel following the death of Chadwick Boseman.

The 38-year-old Oscar-winner will reprise her role as Nakia in the sequel to the 2018 hit, but is having trouble imagining her return to set knowing that Boseman won't be there.

Boseman passed away last year following a private battle with cancer.

"People will ask me, 'Are you excited to go back?' Excitement isn't the word. I feel like I'm in a very pensive state when it comes to Black Panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw for me," Nyong’o told Yahoo Entertainment.

"And I can't even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there."

Speaking about director Ryan Coogler she added, "But at the same time we have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well. And his idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we've all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this.

"And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honouring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we're still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure."

Black Panther 2 is slated for release in July 2022.