Black Panther adds Forest Whitaker to its growing cast

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Oct 10, 2016, 11:37 AM EDT

The incredible cast for Black Panther just keeps getting better.

Variety reports that Oscar winner Forest Whitaker has joined the movie, bringing even more gravitas and sheer acting power to a lineup that already includes Chadwick Boseman in the title role, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, WInston Baku as M'Baku/Man-Ape and possibly Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross (both of the latter are assumed to be in the movie but have not been officially confirmed by Marvel).

Whitaker, who is excellent in the upcoming first contact drama Arrival and will also be seen in December in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will play the role of Zuri, a Wakandan elder statesman. Whitaker won a Best Actor Oscar for his frightening portrayal of despot Idi Amin in 2006's The Last King of Scotland and is equally adept at playing villains, mentors and leaders, which should make his part in Black Panther an interesting and complex one. 

In addition to Whitaker, two more cast members were announced: Daniel Kaluuya, just seen in the new trailer for Get Out, will appear as a confidant of T'Challa named W'Kabi, while Florence Kasumba will reprise her small but distinct role from Captain America: Civil War as Ayo, a member of the Black Panther's personal security team known as the Dora Milaje (of which the characters played by Nyong’o and Gurira are also members).

Black Panther is being directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), which production expected to begin in early 2017 for a February 16, 2018 release. What do you think of the great Whitaker joining this already fantastic cast?

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