As Black Panther gears up to start shooting in the early parts of 2017, actor Forest Whitaker took the chance to give a little praise to Ryan Coogler, the director behind the film.

During an interview with The Empire Film Podcast speaking about his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Whitaker said he thought Coogler was an “amazing filmmaker.”

“I’m excited to do it. I mean I think Ryan’s an amazing filmmaker. I’ve got a chance to know him since college, so I’m excited to see what it’s like to be working with him on the other side, not as a producer but as an actor cause that’s how we started with Fruitvale Station.”

Coogler is pulling out all of the stops when it comes to his 2018 film featuring T’Challa, the king of the fictional country of Wakanda that we were introduced to in Captain America: Civil War. Alongside Whitaker, Marvel has brought on board a whole cast of A-list actors including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Angela Bassett.

Prior to directing his breakout film Creed, which starred Jordan as the film’s protagonist, Coogler directed Fruitvale Station, a film produced by Whitaker. Fruitvale Station also featured Jordan in the lead role.

Black Panther is slated for release on February 16, 2018, and is anticipated to begin filming in just a few weeks.

Source: The Empire Film Podcast.