Marvel has just released the full cast for Black Panther, the newest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reprising his role as the title character is Chadwick Boseman, who was first introduced to us in Captain America: Civil War. He joins previously confirmed actors Michael B. Jordan as the evil Erik Killmonger; Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as Nakia and Okoyo, respectively, both of whom are members of the Dora Milaje; Martin Freeman, who will be reprising his role as Everett Ross; Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi; Florence Kasumba as Ayo, whom we first saw in Civil War; Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother; and Forest Whitaker as Zuri, an adviser to T’Challa.
More on who else is part of the cast as well as a brief plot synopsis in the full story below.
The studio also announced that the film will re-introduce characters that we have seen before. Andy Serkis returns as Dr. Ulyessus Klaw, and John Kani, who will reprise his role as T’Chaka in what is expected to be a flashback.
From the press release, we know that additional cast members include Letitia Wright (Urban Hymn, Glasgow Girls), Winston Duke (Person of Interest, Modern Family), and Sterling K. Brown (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).
Here’s the official plot synopsis, which is more or less in line with that has been previously speculated, that Black Panther has returned home and an old enemy seeks to take away the Wakandan throne from him:
“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.
The film will be shot in both Atlanta and South Korea.
Black Panther will open in theaters on February 16, 2018.