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

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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