Now that we’ve been formally introduced to King T’Challa of Wakanda in Captain America: Civil War you can expect lots of news to start coming in regarding his solo self-titled film, Black Panther. As The Hollywood Reporter states, a certain celebrated actress is in talks to join the cast of one of Marvel’s most anticipated films opposite Chadwick Boseman as the warrior king: Lupita Nyong’o. Though the role she may fill has yet to be named, THR states that it will be that of T’Challa’s love interest. Can we say flawless?
Given Marvel’s near-perfect scorecard when it comes to casting, we’re pretty confident in this choice. Nyong’o will definitely be able to compete with Boseman’s majestic and heart-stopping take on Black Panther onscreen. Nyong’o has been enjoying a very successful career, especially after her Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave opposite new Marvel alum Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Baron Mordo in the upcoming Doctor Strange. Should we even mention that that role is alongside fellow 12 Years a Slave actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role? Honestly, at this point we’re going to need a diagram with all the ways Marvel actors are connected both in and out of the MCU.
Nyong’o is no stranger to Disney. She provided her mocap (motion capture) and vocal talents for Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will reprise that role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Additionally, she just turned in a beautifully-voiced performance as mother wolf, Raksha, in The Jungle Book.
Black Panther will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler, best known for his recent successful work on Creed. The film is expected to begin production some time in 2017 and release February 16, 2018, as part of Marvel’s Phase 3. Though most of the cast has yet to be announced, let alone the characters that will be included, one other confirmed actor is Andy Serkis, who will return to his role as Ulysses Klaue (Avengers: Age of Ultron) a pirate known to frequent the Wakandan area. In Age of Ultron he possessed some contraband in the form of vibranium, which Ultron purchased from him for billions of dollars before accidentally ripping his left arm off in a fit of anger. Clearly this is the set up for Klaue’s famous claw…erm, Klaw.
In the meantime you can see Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in theaters now.
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