Sterling K. Brown, who’s portrayal of Chris Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson last year collected an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination, is reported to have signed on to the cast of Marvel’s 2018 film Black Panther. The actor will be portraying N’Jobu, a character from King T’Challa’s past. N’Jobu doesn’t appear to have been a character from the comics and seems to have been developed for the film.
In addition to Brown’s accolades surrounding his performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson, he has also received much praise for his performance in the popular television show This Is Us. An actor of Brown’s level signing on not only reinforces the aim of the MCU movies to employ the highest caliber of talent in their films, but also demonstrates how Marvel Studios’ track record of making stellar films encourages participation by actors for whom a superhero film might not have been a chance worth taking 10 years ago.
T’Challa, and his heroic alter-ego Black Panther made their debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and was last seen back in his home country of Wakanda promising Captain America to safeguard the “sleeping” Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes. The upcoming film may or may not address Bucky’s status as not much is known yet of the story behind the new film, which, as noted recently in this MCU Exchange piece, is set to start filming very soon.
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Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.