Black Panther news just keeps coming up these days thanks to his phenomenal debut in Captain America: Civil War. Chadwick Boseman is set to reprise his role in the standalone film to be directed by Fruitvale Station and Creed helmer, Ryan Coogler. Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to join the upcoming film as T’Challa’s potential love interest and frequent Coogler collaborator Michael B. Jordan is set to join the ensemble potentially as an antagonist. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also stated how the film will feature a cast that is 90% black.
Coogler recently expressed his excitement for the iconic character. He aims to make Black Panther his “most personal film to date” and for someone with his filmography, that is saying a lot. And according to Marvel producer Nate Moore, they want to make the film as authentic as possible.
We’ll do our stage work in Atlanta. And we’re definitely investigating shooting in Africa … both Marvel and Ryan feel that would be really good for the movie. We just haven’t drilled down on it yet.
Adding more to the film’s authenticity is something that Coogler has proven effortless. His directorial style showcased in Fruitvale Station was undoubtedly real, which added to the film’s heartbreaking story. Also, his approach to the Rocky spinoff Creed stayed true to his sensibilities, but still had all the energy and heart that has made Sylvester Stallone’s franchise so iconic. When it comes implementing his skill to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have a feeling that this trip to Wakanda is going to be something really special for audiences. This is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated comic book movies in the next few years.
Black Panther will hit theaters during Black History Month on February 16, 2018.
Source: The Undefeated