'People v. OJ Simpson' Star Sterling K. Brown Joins 'Black Panther' Cast
Marvel’s Black Panther already has quite the stacked lineup, and it has now added another star to its roster — Sterling K. Brown.
Brown’s involvement with the future Marvel film only adds to the anticipation surrounding it. The actor received an Emmy last year for his memorable portrayal Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and is a standout on the critically acclaimed NBC drama This Is Us.
For Black Panther Brown will be portraying N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s (Black Panther) past. If you consider yourself a comic book head (specifically for Black Panther) and do not recognize the name, you are not the only one. N’Jobu seems to be an original character who is not from the comic book series.
Brown responded to the news through his Twitter, saying “Beyond thrilled to be joining this immensely talented group of actors & storytellers! Thank you for a seat at the table!”
The actor joins an A-list collection of other black actors and actresses including: Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya and, of course, Chadwick Boseman.
The titular superhero made his big debut in Captain America: Civil War, where he fought alongside Iron Man against Captain America. Last year, Boseman spoke with io9 about how he got into the mindset of the popular Marvel superhero, stating:
“There are a lot of different things to pull from. You can look to all these different civilizations that existed in Africa. The Egyptians. The Mali, who are believed to have been a satellite nation of ancient Kemet. The Zulu. You can go so many different places. It could be Ethiopia, which went a long time without being conquered as well. So, just pulling from all those things and finding an attachment and a pride to them and then being very specific and doing my own DNA test and finding where I come from, what my ancestry is. Once you have the role, people want to give you things. People will reach out and say ‘hey, I want to train you’ or ‘hey, I want you to meet this babalao who wants to read you.’ I’m being approached with all types of things that have been helpful to the process.”
Black Panther drops on February 16, 2018.