After making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman will reprise his role as Black Panther in the titular character’s first solo film. In an interview with Vulture, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed the upcoming film, praising lead star Chadwick Boseman and explaining what excites him most about the highly anticipated project.
Feige recounted the moment he initially offered the role of Black Panther to Chadwick Boseman.
“You always like your instincts being validated, and Chadwick was the first choice for us. He was the only person we ever talked to about the role, and one of the highlights of my career was calling him out of the blue on a speakerphone with [Civil War directors] Joe and Anthony Russo and our executive producer Nate Moore, who’s now executive producer of Panther. I said, “‘Have you ever heard of Panther? Would you want to play him?’”
Feige revealed what excites him most about Black Panther.
“It’s really exciting that this part of the universe is so unbelievably diverse and looks unlike any of the other films that we’ve made. The cast looks different than any of the other casts that we’ve had. Both in front of and behind the camera, it’s almost entirely people of color, which I think is a special, important thing, and one of the reasons the film will be unique and as great as I think it’s going to be.”
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Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018