Sterling K. Brown explains how pivotal a film like Black Panther is especially during these times, calling it “history.” Much like the social impact that DC’s Wonder Woman had by putting a capable, and at the same time compassionate, female superhero at the forefront, Ryan Coogler’s project is also expected to bring in the same effect when it comes to race awareness. Boasting a stellar cast of characters, it dives deeper into the politics and culture of the nation of Wakanda. And despite being fictional, the filmmaker’s crew made sure that the film properly represents the real world of the African nation, which is the imaginary setting of the country.
Three months after their last hit in Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios is once again gearing up to roll-out a brand new project in next month’s Black Panther. Aside from being the first solo outing of the Captain America: Civil War stand out, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa – the new king and protector of Wakanda – the movie also gathers an ensemble of brilliant Black actors including Brown. Not much is known regarding his role, and we have yet to see him in any of the trailers, giving us the impression that he will play a smaller or spoiler-related role. Nevertheless, everyone is pumped to see another great actor appearing in the flick.
Catching up with THR fresh off his Golden Globes win, Brown talked a little bit about his upcoming Marvel gig in Black Panther. While he obviously couldn’t divulge much about the film or his role in it, he opened up about the importance of a movie like this in terms of the campaign for equal representation in Hollywood:
“It is history. And it is—just being at base camp, and you see about 24 trailers lined up one after the other, and each, slowly but surely, a Black face comes out of each one of them. And they go to set, and we shoot with a Black director, Ryan Coogler, and a Black producer, Nate Moore. Like, to see this level of production with all these Black faces, it will bring me to tears right now.”
When asked whether he ever thought that a film with a cast and crew (even its soundtrack is produced by acclaimed Black musician, Kendrick Lamar) like Black Panther would ever be made, the actor was candid in his answer, saying no. Although he admitted that several years ago while reading the comics, he was impressed by the story of T’Challa and his people of Wakanda:
“You know what, I used to actually read Reggie Hudlin’s version of the Black Panther comic in the early 2000s. And I remember thinking then, ‘They will never make a Black superhero movie but these are awesome.’ And now it’s actually happening, and I’m actually in it. Like, I’ll pinch myself come February a few times just to make sure it’s real.”
Brown is creating history in his own right, since he was the first Black person to win the Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Golden Globe award for his role as Randall Pearson in NBC’s hit family drama This Is Us. He also nabbed the accolade for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at last year’s Primetime Emmys for the same role. A year before that, the same award-giving body also handed him the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for his brilliant portrayal of Christopher Darden in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. With the roster of talent partaking in Black Panther, it’s almost a no-brainer to include the 41-year-old actor.
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