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Marvel’s Black Panther Film Coming 2018: Bassett, Nyong’o, Whitaker, Boseman, Gurira & More by Lisa Pacino

Marvel Comic Book’s Black Panther film coming in 2018 starring Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, and more. It’s based on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s comic book, screenplay written by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler, directed by Ryan Coogler, and music by Ludwig Göransson. It will be released in the UK on February 9, 2018, and in the US on February 16, 2018.

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Lupita Nyong’o. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

In a way, Captain America: Civil War turned out to be Black Panther’s film as much as anyone’s. The newly introduced Prince T’Challa – as played by Chadwick Boseman – might not have scored the most screen time, but he was the hero who really seemed changed by Iron Man and Cap’s showdown. Marvel Studios is great at many things, but not so much at diversity, so Black Panther also marks the first solo film not starring a white dude. Suffice to say, we’re very excited about the movie. Here’s the rundown on what to expect when T’Challa goes on the warpath. Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler is taking the reins of Black Panther for Marvel, and he’s gathering a cast of talented young black actors for the movie. Get On Up and Gods of Egypt star Boseman is of course back as the recently orphaned prince of the fictional and scientifically advanced African nation Wakanda. Although we suppose he’s king now. Coogler is bringing his frequent collaborator Michael B Jordan along for the ride. It was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 that he will be playing the magnificently named Erik Killmonger, a Wakandan exile with a grudge against his former king, T’Challa. (Just nobody mention Fantastic Four, please.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Lupita Nyong’o is also on board to play a Wakandan called Nakia. In the comics, she was a member of the royal bodyguard called the Dora Milaje, but was kicked out for becoming obsessed with Black Panther and trying to kill his lover. She hooked up with Killmonger and gained supernatural powers as the villain Malice. Killmonger and Malice. Not at all on the nose, right? Danai Gurira – best known as The Walking Dead‘s Michonne – will play Okoye, another Dora Milaje – albeit one who doesn’t betray her king. Forest Whitaker will be following up Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by playing Zuri, an ‘elder statesman’ of Wakanda, with Florence Kasumba, Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror), Winston Duke (Person of Interest) and Letitia Wright (Doctor WhoMy Brother the Devil) also on board. The legendary Angela Bassett (American Horror StoryWhat’s Love Got to Do with It, and other countless legendary film roles) will appear as T’Challa’s mother, the queen mother of Wakanda.Andy Serkis is rumoured to be back as classic Black Panther foe Ulysses Klaw – who Killmonger also despises for enslaving his family. It’s not official yet, but it would be very strange to have awkwardly introduced Klaw in Avengers: Age of Ultron just to leave him on the shelf. Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier – who is currently on ice in Wakanda – is seemingly back for Avengers: Infinity War. Could we see he thawed out ahead of time in Black Panther?
“The story of this Black Panther is – what am I allowed to say? – that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the CIA and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy,” said Lupita Nyong’o.
The film also feels like the next best chance to pick up the threads from Civil War, with the Avengers divided and Cap’s team last seen hanging out in Wakanda, while T’Challa gets to grips with his new role as king. That’s looking very likely after writer Joe Robert Cole that Black Panther is set shortly after Marvel’s 2015 movie. So we would expect some cameos from Cap and co, or at least some acknowledgement of what is going on in the wider MCU. And we don’t think the crown is going to stand in the way of Black Panther donning his badass bulletproof costume and putting some bad guys in their place. Boseman has said that it will be “grittier” than your average MCU film, and has described his character as an “anti-hero” (well, an “anti-superhero”). And having a majority black cast for a major blockbuster might be a landmark moment, but he’s trying to not to think about it while he’s shooting. Shooting begins in early 2017, and Boseman’s solo outing lands at an increasingly busy time in Marvel’s schedule. It will be released in the UK on February 9, 2018, and in the US on February 16, 2018. That puts it only three months before the first instalment of the two-part Avengers: Infinity War film, adding to our anticipation about how it will tie into the next big Marvel team-up and the overall story of the MCU.
— Sources IMDb and Digital Spy
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Angela Bassett. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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