Straight from the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con comes confirmation of the cast for Marvel’s Black Panther, along with a new logo for the highly-anticipated film.
Chadwick Boseman will star as the title hero of course, reprising his role from Captain America: Civil War and he’s joined by Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), who will play Erik Killmonger (a villain in the source material), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia (a former member of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje, now an agent of Killmonger, and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Okoye (a member of the Dora Milaje, the wives-in-training for the King of Wakanda).
“I want to thank you for your energy, we’re gonna take it, work hard, and we’ll see you soon,” director Ryan Coogler said on stage. Production on the film begins in January in Atlanta, Georgia.
Coogler is both writing and directing Black Panther, which will continue the story of Boseman’s T’Challa, the warrior King of Wakanda, following his debut in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War. It’s unclear what other characters will appear in the film, though Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw, who made his debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is one strong possibility given the villain’s role in the comics. It’s also quite likely that we’ll see the return of Martin Freeman’s Civil War character Everett Ross who, in the comics, worked closely with T’Challa.
If you’d like to know more about Black Panther, be sure to check out our previously published Origins & Evolutions piece on T’Challa by clicking here!
Black Panther debuts in theaters on February 16, 2018.