Marvel’s Black Panther is little over a year away from release and we know production on the film is starting to kick into gear. Not much is known about the details of Ryan Coogler’s adaptation of the beloved character, but we do know some casting stuff. Danai Gurira, whom you might be familiar with as Michonne from AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series, will be playing the part of Okoye.
Okoye is a character of Wakanda who is associated with The Dora Milaje, or “The Adored Ones”, who are a group of elite female soldiers that serve as the Black Panther’s deadly security detail. This casting sounds fitting, given the nature of Gurira’s role as a no-nonsense survivalist with exceptional weapon handling skills in The Walking Dead.
When recently asked about any possible correlations between her role in the AMC series and landing Okoye in Black Panther, she had this to say:
“The filmmaker had never watched it. I’m not saying that everyone else that was involved hadn’t, but Ryan Coogler had never watched The Walking Dead. He’d watched me in something completely different. It’s quite amazing to hear, but these are African women roles. He’d watched me in a more independent film called Mother of George. He’s never seen The Walking Dead.”
It isn’t so surprising to hear Coogler hasn’t seen the show, given that he directs feature films and we all know the grueling schedule that that job entails. But even she acknowledges there may have been other ways her zombie-killing role may have had some sway in the casting.
The obvious connections of combat abilities between the two characters were touched upon a bit more when she concluded with this:
“I’m training right now for Black Panther, and, yes, there’s a lot of ways that they’re extremely different. I’m learning such great, awesome new things. There’s a lot of ways that, yes, one helps another. There are things about using combat that help each other. Absolutely. There’s a lot of new things to learn and I’m really enjoying. There’s so much new. She’s a whole ‘nother thing.
Black Panther is in theaters February 16, 2018.
Source: Comic Book