Emmy winning actor joins already incredible Black Panther cast

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May 4, 2017, 12:35 PM EDT (Updated)

Could the cast of Marvel's Black Panther movie get any better?

Well, they haven't started shooting yet, so anything is possible. But director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios just added another award-winning thespian to the film's lineup in the shape of Sterling K. Brown. The actor, who landed an Emmy win (along with Screen Actors Guild and NAACP Image Awards nominations) for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, has signed to play a character named N'Jobu.

Now, as far as I know, this is a character that's been invented for the movie, as a quick search through the Interwebs (and some comics) did not turn up anyone with that name in the published Black Panther canon. He is said to be a "character from  T'Challa's past," but that's all we've got for now.

Brown, who currently stars in the series This is Us, confirmed the news with a brief tweet saying, "“Beyond thrilled to be joining this immensely talented group of actors & storytellers! Thank you for a seat at the table!” He is going to be performing in the film alongside Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Dania Gurira as Okoye, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda and Winston Duke as Man-Ape. 

The film is set in T'Challa's nation of Wakanda and will follow his efforts to fight off threats from two enemies -- that would likely be Killmonger and Man-Ape -- with the help of the CIA and his all-female security force, the Dora Milaje. Black Panther is scheduled to begin filming early this year and arrives in theaters Feb. 16, 2018.

(via The Wrap)