Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Meet the Amazing Cast
We’re counting down the days until Black Panther finally arrives in theatres on Feb. 16th! We confess, we’ve been excited to see this movie ever since it was announced, and the stars attached are filling us with even more anticipation. The only superhero movie with a cast more stacked than this one is the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
We’re pretty certain that you’ll recognize most of the stars in this movie, but you might not remember from where. To save you the trouble of googling once the credits roll, we’re giving you a rundown of what prior film and TV work you might know the key cast members from.
Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther / King T’Challa
Boseman seems to be making a career out of playing icons, having risen to stardom playing Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and of course, Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. After playing a barrier-busting sports hero and a lawmaker as well as the hardest working man in show business, embodying the legendary protector of Wakanda can’t be much of a stretch, can it?
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger
Though he caught the eye of critics and movie audiences in the widely critically lauded Fruitvale Station and Creed, also directed by Black Panther helmer Ryan Coogler, to us Michael B. Jordan will always be the tough but soft-hearted Wallace from "The Wire". We couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s landed this lead part in a major superhero movie, and dearly hope that it means even bigger roles to come!
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
You’ll probably recognize Nyong’o from the dozens of red carpet photos and magazine covers she’s adorned even if you haven’t seen her in 12 Years a Slave, the impressive first feature role that earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2014. She’s also known for her motion-capture performance as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Danai Gurira as Okoye
If you’re a fan of "The Walking Dead" you’ll definitely recognize Gurira as the iconic, sword-wielding zombie-killer Michonne. Will she be equally badass when it comes to protecting King T’Challa? We’re betting that’s a big yes, and we hope this role means we’ll see more of Gurira on the big screen!
Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross
Freeman reprises his role from Captain America: Civil War, but you’ve undoubtedly seen him in any of the dozens of film and TV roles he’s played over the years, from the loyal Dr. John Watson opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock in the British series, to Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit series of films. His breakout role is a tossup between Tim on the original British series "The Office" with Ricky Gervais, or the shy body double John in Love Actually.
Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi
Kaluuya is becoming a familiar face at awards ceremonies, having been nominated multiple times for his stellar turn as the rightfully wary Chris in Get Out. He’s also done stints on multiple TV series in his native Britain, and had a role opposite Emily Blunt in Sicario. We can’t wait to see what this talented actor will choose for his next role!
Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
Although Serkis has appeared in many high-profile movies, this might be only the second time you’ll actually recognize his face, as he reprises the role of arms dealer Klaue from Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s best known for his groundbreaking motion-capture work, having played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy, and Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Angela Bassett as Ramonda
Playing Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It earned Bassett her place in the Hollywood firmament, and she’s played innumerable roles since then from iconic films (Waiting to Exhale, Malcolm X) to legendary TV series ("ER"). We’re betting her star presence will lend a certain gravitas to Black Panther as well.
Forest Whitaker as Zuri
With a long career in both TV and movies, Forest Whitaker is probably the most “hey, it’s that guy!” of the cast. You most likely remember him recently from Rogue One where he played Saw Gerrera, or Arrival in which he played a no-nonsense military commander.
See how many of the cast you can spot in the latest trailer, and click here for advance tickets to Black Panther!