Comic Book Movie Casting Rumors: Kato & Black Panther

[UPDATE: Check Out Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talking to MTV about Black Panther!]

Today we take the rumor ride once again, this time pertaining to comic book movies and characters. It is being rumored (from two different sources) that Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo is in the running to replace Stephen Chow as The Green Hornet's Kato, and Lost's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (aka Mr. Eko) is in talks to bring The Black Panther to life.



Nate (via HanCinema and Twitchfilm) is reporting that Kwon Sang-woo is in the running to portray Kato in the upcoming Seth Rogen/Michel Gondry comic book movie, The Green Hornet. This comes after Stephen Chow walked away from the project first as director, then as Kato. Kwon is a former model who went on to star in such films as Volcano High, My Tutor Friend and Once Upon A Time In High School. He is considered, because of his looks and physique, as part of the "mom-zzang" or "great body" movement.

He was described in relation to the role of Kato to have received "a love call" for the film, and although his English isn't 100%, the audition with Rogen was "successful." If he were to get this role, it certainly would gain him exposure, and possible success, in Hollywood that he's only had in South Korea thus far. He's at least partly suited to the role of Kato, since he has experience doing action.

Can someone remind me why, exactly, the casting call for Kato mentioned that the actor doesn't need to have martial arts experience?...



Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (or "Triple A" as he's been often nicknamed) spoke to MTV at Comic-Con where he said that he's talking to Marvel about bringing the Marvel character, Black Panther, to the big screen. Here is what he said about the character and a potential movie about him:

"We're talking to Marvel about 'Black Panther... This is the first round, so you know, hopefully they'll look at 'G.I. Joe' and see the potential. But it's about time we have a black superhero, isn't it?"

"He's from a fictional village in Africa and the timing is so right for that kind of character to come through... And while I'm in my prime, this is the time. We've got [U.S. President Barack] Obama, now we need something on screen to represent, so... 'Panther,' man."

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther is one of the lesser-known characters from the Marvel universe (at least compared to the likes of Spider-Man and The Hulk), and one of the first modern black superheroes. His abilities include the likes of superhuman acute senses and genius intellect. I personally think Triple A is a good fit to play the character - he certainly has the physical build and he's a really good actor to boot.

Getting a talented actor to play our comic book heroes is never a bad thing, right?...

Here's what Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had to say to MTV News about the potential role:

For now, take these two rumors as exactly that... rumors. There's nothing particularly "off" about either of them, but there's not enough information there to count either as for definite just yet.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for confirmations or disputes.

For the sake of discussion, what would you think about Kwon Sang-woo playing Kato and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje playing Black Panther? Are they the right actors to play the respective roles?

The Green Hornet is scheduled to be released on July 9th, 2010, while Black Panther is just in the idea stage.

Sources: HanCinema, MTV Splash Page, Nate and Twitch

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