It just keeps getting better!
We told you that we thought Black Panther isn’t just going to be a black super-hero movie… It’s going to be a Super-Black Hero movie!
We hailed the black director Coogler and his leading man Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther whom we finally got to see in action in, Captain America: Civil War (2016). In July, we brought you the news of further castings: Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye – both Dora Milaje bodyguards to T’Challa, and Michael B Jordan as villain Killmonger.
Then, last month, Marvel announced the addition of Winston Duke as villain M’Baku; Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker as Zuri, a Wakandan elder statesman; the gorgeous African-German Florence Kasumba, reprising her role as Ayo, a Dora Milaje (Captain America: Civil War); PLUS, OUR OWN Daniel Kaluuya as T’Challa’s confidante and friend W’Kabi!
Now, fellow black Brit doing incredible things, Letitia Wright joins the cast in an as yet undisclosed role. We can’t help but hypothesise, and there are really only two roles that would make sense here – the love interest… Nah, Wright is too young. We think it will be the role once conversationally attached to Nyong’o, Shuri, T’Challa’s younger half-sister, who originally appeared in a supporting role in the comic book universe. She could rival him politically, as a warrior and for the allegiance of his female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje, as she also becomes known as the Black Panther! Other guesses are Serita, a completely original character for the movie; or a fourth member of the Dora Milaje.
Whatever role 2015 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Wright is confirmed in, we know she will do us proud, having turned in excellent performances in, Urban Hymn (2015), Channel 4’s Cucumber and Banana (both 2015), My Brother The Devil (2012) and Channel 4’s, Top Boy (2011), amongst others.
Wright is represented by IAG, also home to John Boyega, Simona Brown and Malachi Kirby to name but a few.
Joe Robert Cole is co-writing the script with director Coogler. Black Panther’s leadership is threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther brings together the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy. Kevin Feige is producing.
That really just leaves the love interest. PLEASE, don’t disappoint…
We cannot stress this enough. SAVE. THE. DATE!
Black Panther opens February 16th 2018.