Marvel Studios has finally announced the full cast of Ryan Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER and not only are Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis confirmed to return as Everett Ross and Ulysses Klaw, respectively, but part of the movie will be filmed in South Korea (which is pretty cool).
Chadwick Boseman will star as the titular superhero and he’ll be joined by Michael B. Jordan, Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, and Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett, as well as Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson), Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Captain America: Civil War actors Florence Kasumba and John Kani.
Black Panther follows T’Challa (Boseman) who after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole (The People v. O.J. Simpson), and Disney will release the film in U.S. theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. Shooting will take place in Atlanta and South Korea.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing Black Panther, which will be executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee.
Coogler’s creative brain trust includes several of his frequent collaborators such as director of photography Rachel Morrison, production designer Hannah Beachler and editors Claudia Castello and Michael P. Shawver. Also along for the ride are costume designer Ruth E. Carter (Selma), visuals effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann (Doctor Strange), Oscar-winning makeup designer Joel Harlow (Star Trek Beyond) and seven-time Oscar nominee Dan Sudick (Captain America: Civil War), who will serve as special effects supervisor.
Marvel is coming off the successful release of Doctor Strange, which has grossed more than $659 million to date, and was the studio’s 14th-consecutive movie to open atop the domestic box office. Its 2017 slate includes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5), Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7) and Thor: Ragnarok (Nov. 3), while Avengers: Infinity War will hit theaters next year on May 4, 2018.
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