The Black Panther movie is set to arrive in cinemas on February 16, 2018.
The Black Panther has added another acclaimed actor to it’s ever growing and impressive cast, this time in the form of Golden Globe nominee (for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) Sterling K. Brown.
Marvel, who made the announcement, doesn’t give a lot of detail about his character N’Jobu, but they do say that he’ll be “a figure from T’Challa’s (the Black Panther) past.”
With the movie still more than a year out, we’re probably not due for a trailer for at least a couple more months. If not before Guardians Vol. 2 drops on May 5th, then maybe as a companion trailer?
Black Panther Movie News Update 11-21-16: Black Panther’s Mother Cast for the Upcoming Movie
THR is reporting Angela Basset has joined the cast of the upcoming Black Panther movie, as T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda. No additional details have been provided about the role that character will be playing in the plot of the movie.
Letitia Wright was also recently revealed as being added to the cast, but her role still hasn’t been revealed.
Black Panther Movie News Update 10-7-16: Forest Whitaker Comes Onboard the Black Panther Movie
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) has joined the ever-expanding cast of the upcoming Black Panther movie. According to Marvel, he’ll be playing the role of “Zuri, an elder statesman in Wakanda.”
Marvel’s also revealing that Florence Kasumba will be returning, reprising her roles as a member of the Dora Milaje (an elite guard unit for the king of Wakanda), and Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke are joining the cast as “T’Challa confidant W’Kabi” and “M’Baku, leader of a rival tribe in Wakanda” respectively.
Black Panther Movie News Original Post 7-28-16: Black Panther’s Going to Need a Bigger Boat
There haven’t been a lot of details about the upcoming Black Panther movie. Well, until just recently, that is. But after Comic-Con, and some revealed plot details from Lupita Nyong’o (which we’ll talk about shortly), this a probably a good time to put together a quick “what we know,” and pull together all the bits of Black Panther movie news out there. Turns out, Black Panther’s going to be facing off against not one, but two villains, and he’s going to be looking for some help. Also, this is *spoiler-ish* material at the very least, so if you don’t want to know, you’ve been warned.
Black Panther Movie Cast
We’ve known for a while now that Lupita Nyong’o had joined Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther) as part of the cast, but the additions of Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm in the most recent Fantastic Four) and Danai Gurira (Michonne in The Walking Dead) were more recent. And now, we also know that Nyong’o will be playing Nakia, a member of the Dora Milaje (a security force that protects the king of Wakanda) and Gurira will be playing will be playing the head of the Dora Milaje. Michael B. Jordan, on the other hand, will be taking on the role of Eric Killmonger, a recurring foe for the Black Panther in the comics.
Black Panther Movie Director
The movie’s being directed by Ryan Coogler, who first gained notice, along with star Michael B. Jordan, for 2013’s Fruitvale Station and who more recently re-teamed with Jordan for last year’s Creed. And in a recent interview, he explained why he feels the movie will be different from the other Marvel movies:
“I think the answer is in a couple of things: who T’Challa is as a character, that’s kind of what you see with each Marvel film. The answer is with who that guy is like with Captain America, he was a guy that was running around in World War II and that’s what the film started off as and they brought him out of the ice and it was about this dude who was brought into this technological, digital world.
So, with this, we start with who T’Challa is. He’s an African King, he inherited his throne, and that’s the most important thing about him if you ask him. That’s the biggest job that he has and how that effects his personal life and how that effects the country that he’s in charge of, it kind of lends itself to its own story that is so different from anything that we’ve ever seen.”
Black Panther Movie Logo and Release Date
OK, wait, really quick, if this is official, there’s got to be a logo, right?
The Black Panther movie is currently set to come out on February 16, 2018, and is scheduled to start shooting this coming January.
Black Panther Movie Plot
OK. Finally. Here we are. And here’s what Nyong’o revealed about the plot:
“The story of this Black Panther — what I am allowed to say — is that Black Panther’s leadership has been threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy.”
So Nyong’o and Gurira are on the Black Panther’s side, and Killmonger (gotta love comic books names) will be getting a mysterious and villainous ally. So who is the second villain? Well, there are currently two theories.
The first, coming by way of Birth.Death.Movies is that Nyong’o herself is the second villain:
“Nakia in the comics isn’t just a member of the Dora Milaje. She is a member of the Dora Milaje who is in love with T’Challa but cannot marry him, and she ends up kicked out of the security force after she tries to kill Panther’s girlfriend. She ends up crossing paths with none other than Killmonger, who saves her life and renames her “Malice.” Under that identity, she becomes a villain who uses a toxic herb that makes men obsessed with and obedient to her.”
The competing theory is that it’s Ulysses Klaw. In the comics, Klaw murdered T’Challa’s father in order to steal the rare metal vibranium (what the good Cap’s shield is made of) and had his right hand cut off by T’Challa. He goes into hiding, but eventually returns with sonic weapon in place of his hand, and becomes a recurring nemesis for the Black Panther. This theory is backed up by the fact that Klaw was already set up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he was played by Andy Serkis, and even lost his part of his left arm.
It could also be a combo, where Killmonger and Klaw wreak havoc while the seeds of “Malice” are planted.
Anyway, there you have it. Now you’re up to speed on the current Black Panther movie news. Be sure to check back as we’ll be sharing the latest news as it comes along.
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