Thanks to social media we already knew that Black Panther had started filming in Atlanta this week, and now Marvel has given us an official press release to announce the starting of production. The press release is linked below, and it includes a few pieces of new information. Mostly it helps us fill out the cast.
Here is the new synopsis:
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Most interesting is the inclusion of Andy Serkis. While most fans have assumed that Ulysses Klaue would appear in the movie given his appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this is the first time that he has officially been announced as part of the cast. Klaw is one of the main nemeses of Black Panther so it makes sense that he would appear. Vibranium is a big part of Wakanda’s story as a nation, so his underground sales of the metal touch all kinds of political and economic nerves.
It is also interesting to see the release refer to an “old enemy” who is a rising again. This suggests some sort of dynastic struggle between T’Chaka, Black Panther’s father, and his enemies which continue in the modern day. Given the relative youth of Michael B Jordan it would appear that Jordan’s villain may be the son of an older antagonist to the throne.
A few other casting notes of interest come out of the release. Notice that Sebastian Stan is not mentioned, even though last we saw Bucky Barnes he was stuck in a Wakandan facility. Also, though Sterling K Brown appeared to mention Phylicia Rashad had been in the cast, this press release does not mention her, which is surprising given how many actors are named.
See the press release at Marvel.
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