Black Panther: Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan join cast
Black Panther made his presence felt at Comic-Con.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige unveiled the official cast for Black Panther during the Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday night.
In addition to star Chadwick Boseman, who debuted as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year, the cast will include Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira. (Jordan and Nyong’o were both reported as in talks for the project back in May.)
Jordan, who worked with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on Creed, is set to play the mysterious Erik Killmonger; Nyong’o and Gurira will star as Nakia and Okoye, respectively. The duo make up Dora Milaje, women from Black Panther’s home country of Wakanda who serve as his bodyguards.
“One of the most amazing things about Wakanda is they have these women who are the best fighters in the kingdom,” Coogler said before bringing out Nyong’o and Gurira. The new cast members also took a selfie on the Hall H stage, which Nyong’o posted to social media.
In addition, Marvel debuted a new logo for Black Panther, which can be seen below. The film arrives in theaters in 2018, and will begin shooting in January.
“He’s definitely not the life of the party in this instance,” Boseman told EW about his Civil War appearance. “I think this is something true of the comic book character and the movie. You never quite know where he stands. There’s always a bit of concealing and mystery. So I think mysterious is more his boat. Not to say there’s not charm and he can’t be a ladies’ man and all that. It’s more like if there is humor, it’s more like James Bond.”
Black Panther was in the middle of the battle between Captain America and Iron Man in the May blockbuster; he’ll take center stage in the standalone film, out July 6, 2018.