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Marvel's Black Panther: Forest Whitaker among new cast

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Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Black Panther, playing Zuri, a warrior and statesman from the fictional nation of Wakanda who was an ally of the title character’s late father.

Marvel Studios announced the news today along with handful of other cast additions to the movie, which is being directed by Creed and Fruitvale Station filmmaker Ryan Coogler.

Also joining star Chadwick Boseman in the film is Florence Kasumba, reprising her role from Captain America: Civil War as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje – which is Wakanda’s all-female version of the Secret Service.

12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira have previously been announced as members of the Dora Milaje, with Michael B. Jordan as the villain Erik Killmonger, an exile from Wakanda who in the comics tries to stage a coup for control of the Vibranium-rich African nation.

Among the other new additions: Daniel Kaluuya (Skins, Sicario) will play W’Kabi, a trusted friend and strategist of Black Panther, while Winston Duke has been confirmed (after reports surfaced last week) as M’Baku, the leader of a rival tribe who is also known in the comics as the villain Man-Ape.

Black Panther is set for release Feb. 16, 2018.

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