Marvel has developed a track record of getting some of the biggest names in Hollywood to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther will be another example of this after already establishing a talented cast around star Chadwick Boseman. It had been rumored for some time that Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan were being eyed to join the cast, which Marvel made official back in July at San Diego Comic-Con. Jordan is set to play the villain Erik Killmonger, while Nyong'o will be Nakia, a member of the Dora Milaje.
Lupita has not been shy on expressing her excitement to be a part of Black Panther. In fact, she gave the first unofficial synopsis shortly after her casting was made official. She is not done talking yet and is eager to get to work on the physical aspect of her character.
In an interview with Toronto Sun, Lupita was asked about her excitement for the project overall saying only that she is "geeking out" about this opportunity. She is an Oscar-winning actresses who is no stranger to big budget movies, but she has not yet had an action role to try out. Nakia will require her to do just that as she tries to protect the King of Wakanda, and she cannot wait to get started:
“This is another one of those movies that I feel very passionate about and excited about and I’m looking forward to learning all the stunts and the physical skills I need to play Nakia and be a member of the Dora Milaje (the bodyguards of the Black Panther).”
Lupita will have plenty of time to get in character and in the necessary shape to take on the role, as production on Black Panther is not set to begin until early next year. When the time does come for her to report to set, she will be doing so with a talented cast and crew. Having people like Creed director Ryan Coogler and fellow cast member Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), in addition to Boseman, Jordan, and certainly many others, is one of the other reasons that she is so excited to start working on Black Panther:
“It’s going to be fun... we haven’t started filming yet. The crew and cast are really exciting. I get to work with Danai Gurira and I just did her play on Broadway. That’s a friendship I’m looking forward to strengthening and deepening. Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan are two actors I really admire that I’m looking forward to working with. And Ryan Coogler, he’s a cool director and I’ve had my eye on him ever since [his debut film] Fruitvale Station and I think he has something special in store for all of us.”
Black Panther is currently one of the most impressive casts that Marvel has yet to form. Lupita has already won her first Oscar, and Boseman and Jordan could very well get nominations or wins in the near future. These three and Gurira might be the four biggest roles in the film, but there are certainly many supporting roles that have yet to be filled. This is where the cast could truly become something special if Marvel can get big name, black actors in smaller roles to fill out Wakanda.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Toronto Sun