A recent casting call sheet has emerged for director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, possibly giving us our first tantalizing details about the upcoming Marvel movie.
Aside from Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, the only other cast members we know about are Michael B. Jordan, who's rumored to play a villain, and Lupita Nyong’o, who may have joined the movie as a love interest of the new King of Wakanda.
Now, this casting call (which gives us a list of character names and descriptions) is nothing official, so before you get too excited, consider this a RUMOR for now. Interestingly, there’s no lack of villains to choose from in this movie. Besides Ulysses Klaw (played by Andy Serkis) and Malice, we have Achebe, Erik Killmonger, Man Ape and White Wolf. Personally, I can totally see Jordan playing the powerful Killmonger, or even Man-Ape. As for Nyong’o, Monica Lynne would be the safe bet here, since she is a love interest from the Marvel comics, but we’ll have to wait and see.
The list below also reveals the names of returning key players such as Klaw and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman). Klaw was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, while Ross made his debut in Captain America: Civil War as the Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre. As for the other characters, they will make their Marvel Cinematic Debut in the upcoming comic book movie. Have a look at the very cool list of characters:
• ULYSSES KLAW (played by Andy Serkis) – Murderer and betrayer of T’Chaka and personal archenemy of T’Challa. A powerhouse with near-absolute control of sound.
• MONICA LYNNE – A singer who saved T’Challa from drowning after being bested by Killmonger. His longest love interest, whom he pledged eternal devotion towards.
• EVERETT K. ROSS – A United States State Department employee, whose job was to escort foreign diplomats on American soil. His world changed forever when he was assigned to T’Challa, the Black Panther, the ruler of Wakanda.
• N’GASSI – Adviser to T’Challa, acting regent when he goes away on missions
• OKOYE – One of the former Dora Milaje, a ceremonial betrothed/bodyguard of T’Challa. Okoye is of the J’Kuwali tribe and acted as a traditional, proper concomitant to the king, speaking only to the king and only in Hausa, an African dialect not widely spoken in Wakanda and thus affording the king and his wives a measure of privacy.
• QUEEN DIVINE JUSTICE – The street-smart queen of the Jabari tribe of Wakanda raised in Chicago, and former Dora Milaje (ceremonial betrothed/bodyguard) of T’Challa. She originally went by the name Chanté Giovanni Brown.
• W’KABI – T’Challa’s competent second-in-command, completely loyal to his liege.
• ZURI – A grumpy and gigantic elderly warrior. A close friend of the late T’Chaka, and one of T’Challa’s most trusted advisers.
• ACHEBE/REVERAND ACHEBE – A poor farmer somewhere in South Africa, Achebe sold his soul to the demon Mephisto. He is portrayed as a grinning, unpredictable, lunatic, warrior-mystic, regularly talking to his hand-puppet Daki with delusions that it’s truly alive, and engineering complex plots of social unrest for profit or entertainment.
• ERIK KILLMONGER – A powerful warrior and strategic genius in politics and economics.
• MALICE – Wakandan Mutate with superhuman strength, speed, and agility. She is a former Dora Milaje (ceremonial betrothed/bodyguard) of T’Challa.
• MAN-APE – Ruler of the Jabari Tribe a recognized micronation within Wakanda’s borders. M’Baku was Wakanda’s greatest warrior second only to the Black Panther. He plotted to usurp the throne with the help of the outlawed White Gorilla cult who were ancient rivals of the Black Panther cult, which basically made them heretics since Panther worship is the state religion. Founding member of the “Pan African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans”.
• WHITE WOLF – T’Challa’s adopted elder brother and the former leader of the Hatut Zeraze, the espionage elite police of Wakanda. Exiled by T’Challa, due to using torture and assassinations in his zeal to root out potential threats to national security.
Again, please keep in mind that this is a rumor, since Marvel has not officially confirmed the authenticity of this casting sheet. However, according to ScreenRant, Alan Baltes has published similar casting reports on Marvel Studios sourced from the trade publication Production Weekly before, and they turned out to be the right info. So, crossing my fingers it’s all legit.
From this list of characters, who do you think Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o are playing?
Written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther will claw its way into movie theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.