By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is negotiating to join the cast of upcoming Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther. Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four) is also in talks to join the cast.
Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), Chadwick Boseman will once again play the lead character, who was introduced to audiences in Captain America: Civil War – which is currently wowing audiences worldwide to the tune of nearly $800 million at the box office, and counting.
The story will center on the origins of the Prince T’Challa who becomes a superhero following the death of his father – who was the king of fictional African country Wakanda.
According to THR, Andy Serkis (King Kong) will return as the villainous Ulysses Klaue in the film (first introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron), while fellow British star Martin Freeman (The Office) will once again play diplomat Everett Ross – who was also introduced in Civil War.
Nyong’o, who was raised in Kenya and went to college in the U.S., has seen her career reach extraordinary heights since appearing in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, a character who is abused by her master.
The 33-year-old actress received further acclaim for her role as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: Episode VII. Director Rian Johnson has confirmed that she will reprise the part in sequel Episode: VIII. Her latest picture, biopic Queen of Katwe, hits U.S. screens in September.
Per THR, Jordan, who appeared in Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Creed, could play a villain in Black Panther.
Principal photography on Black Panther will start in early 2017, and the movie will hit screens on February 2, 2018.