Oops! Phylicia Rashad’s Inclusion In ‘Black Panther’ Leaked

By January 11, 2017

The Cosby Show legend Phylicia Rashad has joined the cast of Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther. The problem is, the studio doesn’t want you to know about it quite yet.

The three-time Emmy-nominated actress just finished a three-episode stint on Fox’s hit series Empire, and was part of the Rocky spin-off cast for Creed. Now she is set to take on some unknown character in Chadwick Boseman’s comic book solo film – at least according to one of the other actors who also was recently cast, the Emmy-nominated Sterling K. Brown.

Brown, who has jumped into the spotlight with work on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as well as NBC’s This Is Us, reportedly revealed Rashad’s inclusion in the film by accident during an interview with The Undefeated. While the website adjusted the quote to remove Rashad’s name after it was published, that didn’t stop outlets like ComicBook.com to discovering it.

“I just worked with Chad on a film called Marshall, about Thurgood Marshall. He’s such a talented human being, and a deep soul. He’s the perfect personality to fully inhabit T’Challa. So to rejoin him, and to work with Academy Award winners … to be with Michael B. Jordan after the incredible work he’s done in Creed. Danai Gurira, Phylicia Rashad, Forest Whitaker – like it’s embarrassing.

“I’m good at what I do – I don’t try to do any sort of false modesty – but wow! I get to be with all of your people?”

The quote in the story now uses an ellipses to mark the spot where Rashad’s name was once included. The Undefeated didn’t include an editor’s note on the change, so it’s not clear if this was done because Brown actually spoke in error, or if the news outlet was asked to remove information that had not yet been released yet.

Why Rashad’s name is being kept secret is not really known. It seems the primary cast already has been announced, including American Horror Story‘s Angela Bassett and Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman.

Also still on the “rumored” list is Andy Serkis, best known for his CGI model and acting work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the Planet of the Apes film franchise.

If Rashad is indeed a part of Black Panther, this would actually be the second time in recent years she’s worked with director Ryan Coogler – he also was the director of Creed.

Rashad has earned three Emmy nominations in her career – two for The Cosby Show and another in 2008 for A Raisin in the Sun.

Large portions of her career have been working alongside embattled comedian Bill Cosby, now publicly accused by a number of women for sexual assault. The two spent eight years on The Cosby Show, and then another four years on Cosby that went off the air in 2000.

Black Panther hits theaters Feb. 16, 2018.

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