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BLACK PANTHER (2018): Forest Whitaker Joins As Wakandan Statesman

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Forest Whitaker To Play A Role In Black Panther

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker has been cast alongside Daniel Kaluuya and Florence Kasumba in Marvel‘s upcoming Black Panther film.

Also confirmed by Marvel Studios to be taking part in the project was Winston Duke, who was previously reported to be in the running to play the evil Man-Ape from the source comics. The addition of these four actors further rounds out the movie’s already impressive cast.

Set for release in 2018, it will be sometime before audiences are able to see the Wakandan superhero’s solo debut on the big screen:

Whitaker, who previously worked with director Ryan Coogler as a producer on his first feature film Fruitvale Station, will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Daniel Kaluuya will play the role of W’Kabi, T’Challa’s confidant, with Florence Kasumba reprising her role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.

Chadwick Boseman will star as the title hero in Black Panther and he’s joined by Michael B. Jordan (CreedFruitvale Station), who will play Erik Killmonger (a villain in the source material), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A SlaveStar Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia (a former member of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje, now an agent of Killmonger), and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Okoye (a member of the Dora Milaje, the wives-in-training for the King of Wakanda).

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