According to sources at Variety, 12 Years A Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o is in talks to join Black Panther as T'Challa's love interest. This would continue Nyong'o's successful relationship with Disney as the acclaimed actress has also appeared in The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will appear in Queen of Katwe and Intelligent Life under the studio's banner. Later in the week, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed that Creed star Michael B. Jordan is also in talks to join the film for what could be a potentially villainous role. Jordan previously starred in Fox's Fantastic Four, but this would be his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I've already been rather excited for Black Panther, and the casting of two of the best young actors today only increases my anticipation. Jordan should have received an Oscar nomination for his role in Creed, and Nyong'o brings such an intense passion and complexity to her roles. Marvel doesn't have a great track record with love interests, but in my mind, Nyong'o could do something special in this film. And if Jordan is the villain, I have no doubt that he'll be magnificent. With such a plethora of talent in front of and behind the camera, I'm starting to think that this could be one of Marvel's best films.
Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018.
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