Black Panther Cast: Marvel Boosts Diversity As ‘The Walking Dead’ Danai Guirra Joins Movie For This Critical Role

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The Black Panther cast just got bigger with the addition of Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong?o and The Walking Dead cast member Danai Guirra. They will join Chadwick Boseman who plays the T?Challa / Black Panther himself. Lupita Nyong?o is casted to play Nakia; Michael B. Jordan will take on the role of Erik Killmonger; and Danai Guirra will play Okoye.

This was announced at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and has been officially posted on the official Marvel website with the new Black Panther logo. The Black Panther cast was introduced by director Ryan Coogler.


Michael B. Jordan was the former Human Torch in the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot. He also played Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed in 2015. He is casted to play Black Panther?s nemesis Erik Killmonger an expert martial artist much like the Black Panther.

Lupita Nyong?o will play Nakia. In the comics, she is one of the Dora Milaje or the Adored Ones with her friend Okoye who will be played by Danai Guirra. In the comics, Nakia turned into Black Panther?s enemy Malice–after being rejected by T?Challa. Okoye became Black Panther?s ally.

This Black Panther cast with the new casting of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel increases the diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This helps round out the racial makeup of the narrative to fit the very well-rounded racial makeup of the real world.

In lieu of the announcement of new Marvel films, Chiwetel Ejiofor, the actor playing Mordo opposite Benedict Cumberbatch?s Doctor Strange said that ?These films really represent diversity in cinema, and that?s clearly the crucial part: that we represent the world we live in and the different people and genders we encounter?? The Black Panther director Ryan Coogler added that ?As a black comic-book fan, I couldn?t help but to be excited about that. It?s really overwhelmingly to think about, honestly, but I?m really excited about us opening up the world a little more.? The were quoted in a USA Today report.

Are you excited about these films and the diversity boost they provide? What superhero movie would you want next on the big screen? Leave your thoughts below.

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