Forest Whitaker Joins the Cast Of Marvel's Black Panther

By Hazel Zol Marie Baloyo , Oct 09, 2016 06:54 PM EDT

Recently, Black Panther's film studio announced that the Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will be joining the cast of Marvel's Black Panther together with Daniel Kaluuya from the movie Sicario, Winston Duke (Person of Interest) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War). Marvel also confirmed Whitaker's involvement in the movie and stated that Whitaker will be playing the role of an "elder statesman in Wakanda" named Zuri.

Forest Whitaker will be joining Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa (The King of Wakanda also known as Black Panther), Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o from Star Wars who will be playing the role of Nakia; and Danai Gurira from The Walking dead, playing the role of Okoye. Both Nakia and Okoye will be a part of Dora Milaje; which is a team of all-female bodyguards.

Meanwhile, Florence Kasumba will also be a member of Dora Milaje. She will be playing the same role as what she played on Captain America: Civil War. Daniel Kaluuya on the other hand will play as W'Kbai, Marvel described W'Kbai as T'Challa's confidant and Winston Duke, who will be playing the role of M'Baku, a leader of a rival tribe in Wakanda.

The Black Panther; directed and written by Ryan Coogler together with Joe Robert Cole, will be about T'Challa's leadership being threatened by two soon to be known foes. T'Challa the King of Wakanda will be protected and helped by the C.I.A and Dora Milaje to defeat the foes.

Chadwick Boseman was recently interviewed about the movie and referred to the tone of the movie as "a little grittier" and a bit "darker"; which is unlikely to most of Marvel's superhero movies such as Iron man and Ant-man.

The movie is expected to be released on February 16, 2018.

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