The cast of the upcoming Black Panther film – (left to right) Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, director Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o – pose for a photo at Comic-Con 2016.
We were already excited for the upcoming Black Panther movie – but now that more of the cast and roles have been revealed, we’re drooling with anticipation.
Chadwick Boseman posted a photo on Saturday night from Comic-Con that showed all the revealed cast members – Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o – with director Ryan Coogler. The picture is at 20,920 retweets and counting from Boseman’s original account, and has been circulated even more under the hashtag #BlackPantherSoLit.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) July 24, 2016
Boseman, of course, will portray T’Challa – otherwise known Black Panther, the ruler of Wakanda. According to i09, Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station, The Wire) will portray supervillain Erik Killmonger, the fighter/genius who gives T’Challa fits in the comic books. Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: Episode VIII) will be Nakia, a member of T’Challa’s Dora Milaje crew of deadly all-woman bodyguards. Gurira (The Walking Dead), will play Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje.
Anticipation for the movie rose after Boseman’s turn as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, with many considering him the best part of a fantastic film. The film got even more public support after seeing that Jordan would be joining the cast, working with Coogler again after two collaborative home runs with Fruitvale Station and Creed. Nyong’o raised the bar again, now a certified star after getting an Academy Award for her role in 12 Years A Slave and appearing in a Star Wars film. And last night’s photo revealed Gurira as a member of the cast.
There will be high standards for the film, to be sure. Aside from Wesley Snipes’ role in the Blade franchise, this will be the first time many people see a black superhero as the star of a film. Wakanda is a fictional African country, and it’ll likely have an even bigger part in the Black Panther film – especially given the role it had in Civil War, both during the film and in a post-credits scene.
We’re sure that Coogler, Boseman and the rest of the all-star team are up for the job.