I’m no Marvel fan, but wow, this cast is looking legit.
Following the electric buzz surrounding actor Chadwick Boseman‘s debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, the cast for that character’s first stand alone entry is starting to take shape – including the possible villain.
Already in discussions (but not confirmed) is Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), although the character she’s in negotiations for is unknown. And while she’s not yet locked in, the reports of her discussion with Marvel have been so prevalent it seems only a matter of “when”, not “if”.
The latest name now in circulation was dropped today by The Hollywood Reporter: Creed‘s Michael B. Jordan. Reportedly the deal is close to being final, and rumors are it’s for the as-yet-revealed villain.
Signing on to Black Panther would see Jordan re-team with his Creed director Ryan Coogler (the first African-American director in the MCU). Coogler is also writing the script.
Jordan’s other roundabout connection with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (other than the 2015 Fox-produced Fantastic Four, that epically tanked) is, oddly enough, a remake of The Thomas Crowne Affair that he’s currently developing…with Captain America directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who are co-producing that project with Jordan.
Black Panther starts production in early 2017. It’s slated for release on February 2, 2018.