Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan join Marvel's 'Black Panther'

My review of Captain America: Civil War is coming in just a little bit (spoiler alert- I loved it), but it's safe to say that one of the highlights of the film was Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther. The mysterious and intensely focused Wakandan hero had some spectacular action scenes and an enigmatic energy that was felt during each moment on screen. Marvel fans had been dying to see Black Panther on the big screen, and thanks to the Russo Brothers, the character became a show-stopper. In less than two years, the Wakandan Prince will be getting a solo movie of his own. Creed superstar Ryan Coogler is already on board to direct, and for many, this is one of the most anticipated movies of Marvel's epic, sprawling Phase 3. And after two casting additions last week, it's looking like Black Panther could be one of the most intriguing superhero movies in recent memory.

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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