Several Black Panther character portraits were released earlier this week, highlighting the several cast members who will be a part of the movie and their roles. Chadwick Boseman, who is playing Black Panther/T’Challa, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what to expect of the political climate in Wakanda.
“Generally, there is unrest because there’s no leader on the throne. We’re dealing with a similar thing right now in this country. Just because a person was elected doesn’t mean everybody agrees with the things he’s going to do.”
Boseman went on to say that as the protector and king of his nation, T’Challa has to make those “first decisions” and that it can be hard.
“Having to make the first decisions … what do you do first? What do you choose to do that’s going to get everybody on your side? It’s a political drama essentially.”
Boseman most recently appeared at Disney’s D23 Expo this weekend, where he took to the stage alongside several of his Marvel cohorts, including Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.
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.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan.
Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018.