With production set to kick off over the next month on both Spider-Man: Homecoming (June 20th) and Thor: Ragnarok (July 4th), it’s easy to forget that Black Panther is already in pre-production and beginning to fill out most of its cast. Although things have been pretty quiet lately, news broke via The Hollywood Reporter last month that both Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, two incredibly talented actors on the rise, for Black Panther which will be directed by the fantastic Ryan Coogler. And while Jordan’s deal seemed all but confirmed by Marvel, Nyong’o was only reported as being in talks at the time.

Unfortunately, as Black Panther isn’t set to undergo production until the new year, it’s highly unlikely that Marvel will release a confirmed cast list anytime soon. However, as we’ve seen in the past with other actors, such as Tilda Swinton and Zendaya, just because Marvel won’t confirm the cast until production is close to getting underway, that doesn’t mean the actors won’t confirm their involvement themselves. While talking to the folks over at The Hollywood Reporter, Michael B. Jordan talked about his excitement over joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as re-teaming with his frequent collaborator – Coogler.

With Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan is pumped to join the Marvel universe.

“I’m super excited, especially to put a different spin on it,” the actor tells The Hollywood Reporter at Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. “I’m looking forward to working with Ryan [Coogler] once again. It’s gonna be a good time.”

And during a round of Rambling Reporter’s random interrogation with the folks over at THR, Jordan seemed to confirm Nyong’o’s involvement with the project, stating that he couldn’t wait to work with the actress, as well as Boseman, on Black Panther.

I can’t wait to work with … Lupita Nyong’o and Chadwick Boseman [in Black Panther.]

Black Panther is set to begin production early in 2017, which means we can expect to hear even more casting news over the next few months. Be sure to follow along here for all things Black Panther, and make sure to check out the movie when it hits the big screen on February 2nd, 2018.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.