Rihanna 'first choice' for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack

Rihanna 'first choice' for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack

Rihanna was Ryan Coogler's first choice for the 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' soundtrack.

The 'Wild Thoughts' hitmaker has just confirmed her first song from the soundtrack 'Lift Me Up' will arrive on Friday (28.10.22), and the movie's director says the new mother was the perfect fit because motherhood is a big theme in the Marvel flick.

Ryan explained how they were “looking for artists who would embody it thematically."

He added to The Hollywood Reporter: “Rihanna, man, we knew she was at a point in her life as well where she was focusing on different things — focused on business, motherhood, which is a big theme in our film. We were holding out hope that maybe it could work out and boy did it for this song.

“I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

The 34-year-old singer gave birth to her first child, a baby boy, with A$AP Rocky in May.

The song is also "a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman."

The beloved late actor starred as the titular character, whose real name is T'Challa, in the original 2018 blockbuster.

He was not recast in 'Wakanda Forever', however, co-writer and helmer Ryan made sure to keep Chadwick's family and creative contacts in the loop on the re-write.

Ryan added: “Chadwick had people who were in his life creatively, as well as family, and we were in close contact with those people, very close specifically with his wife, Simone, and his creative partner Logan Coles.

“We were staying tapped in with them as much as we could, and it gave us the space to create, but obviously we were seeking out their opinion all the time. We’re looking forward to sharing it with everybody.”

The film hits cinemas on November 11.