Tennis champion Serena Williams surprised fans earlier this week by attending a screening of Black Panther with them.
The 36 year old tennis player attended a Thursday night premier of the film alongside her husband, Alexis Ohanin, much to the shock of everyone in the theater. The screening was sponsored by the non-profit organization known as Black Girls Code. The organization is dedicated to providing technology education to African-American girls as well as encouraging them to learn how to code.
Following her dramatic reveal, Serena Williams went on to thank the students for coming out as well as praising the importance of the film:
“I’m glad you guys could make it out, obviously this is a huge moment for us. For black people, we’ve never had a superhero movie so I’m so excited. I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for this.”
The film is currently on track to have the biggest opening weekend in February as well as one of the biggest of all time. Black Panther is projected to have a four-day weekend between $175 to $210 million. Reviews of the film have been overwhelmingly positive and is one of the best reviewed superhero films of all time, even beating out The Dark Knight on its positive to negative ratio on Rotten Tomatoes.
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. Here is a synopses for the film:
“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.
Black Panther is currently playing in theaters.
Source: Entertainment Weekly