Pretty much the the two things we definitely, absolutely know about Black Panther is that Black Panther will be in it, and it’ll feature a pretty grand-scale car chase scene in the middle of Busan, South Korea. They’ve been filming the car chase for the past week, which is why we’ve been hearing so much about it, and today Korea’s branch of the Walt Disney Company has released a first look image of the scene.
Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most exciting upcoming projects — the first film in the MCU to have a majority Black cast, a Black protagonist, and a Black director at the helm, and set in an entirely new, mysterious location we’ve only gotten a 30-second look at in a post-credits stinger. And as if we didn’t have enough of a reason to be excited about Black Panther, here’s a little reminder that Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya is in it! He recently spoke about how excited he was for the movie, and compared its epic scope to that HBO show you might’ve heard of, Game of Thrones.
The Black Panther solo movie just added another acting heavyweight to a cast that already includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, and more. Per Marvel’s announcement, Angela Bassett “who currently stars in American Horror Story, will play Ramonda, mother of T’Challa, aka Black Panther.”
Every good superhero needs a super-villain. Or two. Or if you’re making a Spider-Man sequel, like six. Marvel is slowly putting together its cast for Black Panther’s solo film, directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan hero. They’ve already lined up Michael B. Jordan to play Erik Killmonger, who you know is a bad guy because his name is Erik Killmonger. And Lupita Nyong’o is playing Nakia, also known as the baddie Malice, who you know is a baddie because her name was Malice. But that’s not enough!
When Marvel announced Ryan Coogler as the director of Black Panther, it seemed like only a matter of time before he cast his lucky charm: Creed and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan. That time has come, as Jordan has officially joined Chadwick Boseman in the Wakandan hero’s solo outing, which hits theaters in 2018.
Chadwick Boseman made one hell of a debut as Black Panther in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War. As T’Challa, the new King of the African nation of Wakanda, Boseman gave a terrific and intense performance as both the angry diplomat (and grieving son) and the tough-as-nails superhero. And when your nails are made out of unbreakable vibranium, that means you’re pretty damn tough.
Creed cementing director Ryan Coogler as a major movie talent, and the future Black Panther director may already have an eye on TV. Coogler has begun developing a new series with Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton, set to focus on Minors within the juvenile detention system.
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The whole of Hollywood has been shaken awake by the recent so-called “whiteout” in this year’s slate of Oscar nominees, and has now turned to self-scrutiny about the homogeneity ingrained in the industry. Variety’s striking white-on-white cover design for their Oscar issue proclaimed “SHAME ON US,” a bold declaration that the time to acknowledge some ugly iniquities had finally come. With the demand for change at the institutional level too loud to be ignored, studios have begun to implement measures to right the racial imbalances in showbiz. A new development this week from the Warner Bros. camp tells the heartening tale of changing times.
On the heels of today’s news that MGM has scheduled Creed 2 for 2017 comes word that Ryan Coogler has been officially confirmed to helm Marvel’s Black Panther solo film, which would make the director somewhat unavailable for the Creed sequel. It’s a bit of bittersweet news, but who among you isn’t stoked for Coogler to tell T’Challa’s superhero story?