Black Panther’s potential to be a blockbuster film continue to grow as the list of characters continues to be revealed.
Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya and Florence Kasumba are the latest names to be added to the growing cast of “Marvel’s Black Panther” — directed by Ryan Coogler and co-written with Joe Robert Cole per Shadow And Act.
Whitaker has signed up to play Zuri, an elder Wakandan statesman; Kasumba will reprise her “Captain America: Civil War” role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje. And Kaluuya will play W’Kabi, a T’Challa confidant.
The trio join a “Black Panther” cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king of Wakanda and holder of the Black Panther mantle; Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger (a Black Panther nemesis); Lupita Nyong’o, taking the role of Nakia; and Danai Gurira as Okoye. Both Nakia and Okoye are of the Wakandan Dora Milaje, the “Adored Ones” and personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, recruited from every tribe of Wakanda. Chosen from rival tribes, their presences maintain a balance of power preventing civil war.
Filming will begin in early next year, with hopes on an early 2018 release.