After making his first onscreen introduction this year in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa is set to make his next onscreen appearance in 2018’s standalone Black Panther film, set to be directed by Creed and Fruitvale Station helmer, Ryan Coogler. In case you hadn’t already heard as well, the film’s been on the receiving end of some fairly spectacular announcements over the past few weeks as well.
Just to serve as a healthy reminder though, Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly in talks to join the film’s cast as T’Challa’s main love interest, while Michael B. Jordan has been confirmed to be playing the film’s main villain as well, though the identities of both characters are being kept under wraps for the time being.
Now, a new casting call posted on MovieCastingCall.org, may have revealed some of the other roles and characters from the Marvel comics that fans can expect to see in the film, though all of the roles are apprently still uncast, which means they may not be who either Nyong’o or Jordan are playing in the film.
Here are all the casted listed as being in the film:
- Okoye: A member of the Dora Milaje, a set of women specifically trained to be wives for the Wakandan King, who T’Challa later retools to be an elite force of bodyguards for him. Okoye is usually one of the most loyal of the order, and can sometimes be seen communicating with the Black Panther through an African language only they can understand.
- Monica Lynne: One of T’Challa’s key love interests in the comics, who is most well-known as an American singer that T’Challa meets while in America.
- N’Gassi: An elderly Wakandan who acts as an adviser to the king, and even takes over as King Regent while T’Challa is away.
- Reverend Achebe: One of the most obscure characters on this list, who is a poor farmer that after being beaten and left for dead by government soldiers, makes a deal with Mephisto to be brought back to life as a schemer and a trickster, who talks to his hand puppet, Daki, as if it were really alive. I sincerely doubt he’ll be in the movie.
- W’Kabi: T’Challa’s second-in-command in the military.
- Zuri: A large, strong, and powerful soldier in the Wakandan military force.
- Erik Killmonger: One of Black Panther’s main villains, who is the son of a Wakandan traitor, and after being exiled moves to the US to study combat and technology to exact revenge upon T’Challa, making himself the evil equivalent of Black Panther in terms of skills and fighting alone.
- White Wolf: T’Challa’s adopted older brother, who is a white man that’s taken in by King T’Chaka before T’Challa is born. A devout supporter of Wakanda who is the head of the nation’s secret police before being banned by T’Challa for using inhumane torture methods on their prisoners. He takes up the White Wolf mantle after that, to exact revenge on T’Challa.
- Queen Divine Justice: A rough young woman who is discovered to be the rightful heir to the Jibari Tribe, a separatist tribe living within Wakanda.
- The Man-Ape: Maybe Black Panther’s most notable and iconic villain, other than Klaw possibly, who is the self-appointed leader of the Jibari Tribe, a group of Wakandans that resent technology and instead worship the White Gorilla Faith. The character’s real name is M’Baku, who dons a strength-enhancing suit partially made from the hide of a White Gorilla, and fights the Black Panther on many occasions in the comics.
Now, remember to take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being, as some of it even seems a little fishy to me from where I’m sitting. Mainly because I have a hard time believing that none of these characters have been cast yet, especially if Michael B. Jordan is playing a villain in the film, he’d have to be Killmonger or Man-Ape, people have assumed.
So I don’t know if none of these characters have been cast yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if all of, or at least a majority of them, do end up appearing in the film at some point. Especially if Marvel is looking to fully establish the Wakandan nation and culture once and for all in this film, because this is a pretty widespread array of characters from the comics, who could do just that for the studio, if done well.
Black Panther is set to hit theatres on February 2nd, 2018.
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