Cameras rolling on Black Panther as cast and plot details surface

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May 3, 2017, 11:53 AM EDT (Updated)

Marvel has confirmed the beginning of production on Black Panther as well as the complete cast and official synopsis. 

Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) started shooting the movie at the Pinewood Studios complex in Atlanta this week, prompting Marvel Studios and Disney to issue some more details on the movie. 

For starters, rumored cast members Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis are now officially part of the ensemble as Everett Ross and Ulysses Klaue, respectively. Freeman's participation was unofficially confirmed earlier this week by some new set pics. Serkis -- who we first met as Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron -- has long been rumored to be part of the cast.

The pair join an already staggering lineup of talent that includes Chadwick Boseman in the title role and Michael B. Jordan as Eric Killmonger, along with Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Sterling K. Brown.

Here's that plot synopsis:

Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. 

Who is that old enemy? Is it Killmonger? Man-Ape? Klaue? There are a number of potential antagonists in the story for T'Challa to grapple with, but the exact nature of the main threat has yet to come into focus.

The movie will shoot in South Korea in addition to Atlanta, and what's interesting is that Avengers: Infinity War started filming in Atlanta this week as well. That should in theory make it easy for Chadwick Boseman to walk between the two sets, right? And the same deal for any Avengers who might drop into his movie as well.

We're betting that more nuggets of info will emerge as filming continues down in that busy Atlanta studio, so watch this space. Black Panther opens on February 16, 2018.