Forest Whitaker and More Join Marvel’s Black Panther Cast

Marvel Studios has announced the addition of three more members to the Black Panther cast, including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario, Get Out), and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War). The studio also confirmed the previously-reported casting of newcomer Winston Duke as M’Baku, aka the villain Man-Ape from Marvel Comics.

Whitaker, who previously worked with director Ryan Coogler as a producer on his first feature film Fruitvale Station, will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Daniel Kaluuya will play the role of W’Kabi, T’Challa’s confidant, with Florence Kasumba reprising her role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.

Chadwick Boseman will star as the title hero in Black Panther and he’s joined by Michael B. Jordan (CreedFruitvale Station), who will play Erik Killmonger (a villain in the source material), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A SlaveStar 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).

With a script by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler, the latter will direct the Kevin Feige-produced film which begins shooting in January in Atlanta, Georgia. The film will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018.

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