The cast of Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther just keeps on getting cooler and cooler. Last week they announced the addition of Winston Duke who would be playing the titular characters arch nemesis, Man-Ape, and today it was announced that director Ryan Coogler (Creed), would also be adding Forrest Whitaker to his already incredible roster because of course he is.
Currently the cast includes Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, 42), as King T’Challa/Black Panther, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (Twelve Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Winston Duke (Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Lord of the Rings), and Danai Gurira (Captain America: Civil War, The Walking Dead).
Forrest Whitaker will be hitting the big screen this winter in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, and according to Entertainment Weekly, he’ll appear in Black Panther as a warrior and former ally of T’Challa’s father and former king of Wakanda, King T’Chaka.
While no official synopsis has been released for the film, it sounds as though the story will follow-up directly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, in which T’Challa now has to take over as the new king of his home nation of Wakanda after the death of his father. While he will certainly be surrounded by allies, it sounds as though Michael B. Jordan’s, Erik Killmonger, and Wintson Duke’s, Man-Ape, will be staging some kind of coup to take over the vibranium rich country.
Black Panther is set to release July 6th, 2018.