Ahead of the film’s 2018 release, Marvel has just announced more new casting for the star-studded film, Black Panther. Joining star Chadwick Boseman will be Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba.
Whitaker will be coming off of his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and is set to play the role of Zuri, an elder statesman in Wakanda. Kasumba will be reprising her breakout role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje from Captian America: Civil War. While Kaluuya will play a confidant of T’Challa named W’Kabi. As previously announced, Duke will play the role of M’Baku, the leader of a rival tribe in Wakanda.
Here is the full press release via Marvel:
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station,” “Creed”), has also added Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba to an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, plus Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, members of the fierce Dora Milaje.
Whitaker (“Roots,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” “The Last King of Scotland”) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he’ll be seen in “The Forgiven” as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa.
Kasumba will reprise her “Captain America: Civil War” role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje. Kaluuya (“Skins,” “Black Mirror,” “Sicario”) will play T’Challa confidant W’Kabi. Duke (“Person of Interest”) will appear as M’Baku, leader of a rival tribe in Wakanda.
While Duke was already announced by Variety not too long ago, the rest of the casting news is new. The most interesting addition, for me, at least, is that of Kaluuya. He’s still an up and coming actor, who is perhaps most well known for his time on Skins (in the UK, not MTV’s adaption). Kaluuya is such a great talent, and I can’t wait to see him work alongside what is perhaps Marvel’s best cast to date.
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Black Panther, which kicks off production in January, will hit the big screen on February 16th, 2018.