Forest Whitaker Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Forest Whitaker Black Panther
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Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman.

Daniel Kaluuya and Florence Kasumba have also joined the cast.

The film, directed by “Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler, also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. Boseman will play T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the throne after his father’s murder. Marvel unveiled the character in “Captain America: Civil War” in May before the standalone film bows on Feb. 16, 2018.

Whitaker will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Kasumba will reprise her “Captain America: Civil War” role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje. Kaluuya will play T’Challa confidant W’Kabi

Joe Robert Cole is co-penning the script with Coogler. Kevin Feige is producing the movie.

Whitaker has a busy fall schedule ahead of him with Paramount’s “Arrival,” directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, debuting next month and “Star Wars: Rogue One” opening in December. He was most recently seen in the boxing pic “Southpaw.”

He is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.

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  1. James says:

    Michael Moore, please think before plaguing us with your comments.
    This isn’t about trying to increase the number of black audiences. This film is being made because it should. The character was created in the summer of 1966 and over the past 50 years has cultivated a rich and unique history and mythology. The number of white male superhero movies dominate the genre and you surmise that the first black superhero is only getting a movie to increase the attendance of black audiences? That’s a breathtaking obtuse statement to make.

    Marvel/Disney are aware of the status quo when it comes to society’s viewership of predominantly black movies but Marvel Studios have enough goodwill to ensure that this movie will be profitable; the black panther character is highly regarded as one of the highlights of Civil War, the new comic released this year is one of the most consistently highest selling comics in the industry, the Luke Cage show has been largely a hit with audiences, the cast and crew for this film is top tier and if you think Marvel/Disney won’t market and promote this film aggressively you’re crazy.

    This film may not make a $Billion but it’s going to make a lot of money at the box office and I’ll be here to tell you I told you so when it does.

  2. Lets see, black writer, black director, and from what we have seen of the cast list,a predominately black cast. Sure this movie will pick up some action fans and Marvel fans, but I can’t imagine it will be an across the board hit. Don’t look for numbers comparable to other Marvel movies, and I am guessing Disney is not either. It looks to be an effort to increase black attendance to Marvel Universe movies, by bringing in a black hero. It will probably make money, just not the usual Marvel dollars.

  3. I’m looking forward to this one.

  4. Mark Abnett says:

    …sigh… Fun fact. Marvels Black panther (a comic character who recently appeared in this years Captain America Civil War) was created before the formation of the Black Panther political group.
    One has nothing to do with other.
    Please hold you silly comments to yourself.

  5. Fans won’t go to see this film because of “Michael B. Jordan”. One black guy will destroy the entire film just like Fantastic Four 2015

    • Orlando says:

      The award for most ridiculous delusional comment goes to you. “Black Panther” will be a guaranteed box office smash as sure as that crack pipe you’re smoking jack haha.

    • Cedric Dodd says:

      that film had many problems. michael b jordan was hardly one of them.

  6. Ken M. says:

    In my days the black panthers was nothing to be proud to joined.

    • Frieda says:

      Lol, well these days are your days anymore.

    • Orlando says:

      So I guess Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis along with the Black Panthers and whole the civil right movement was nothing to be proud of either numskull smh..

    • Cedric Dodd says:

      this film has nothing to do with the black panther party. secondly, based upon your comment, i bet your actual knowledge of that group could barely fill a thimble.

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