AFM: New 'Black Panther' Chadwick Boseman to Star in Thriller 'Message From the King'
Entertainment One and The Ink Factory are co-producing the project in which a man has one week to find his sister's killer
Chadwick Boseman has signed on to star in Message From the King, a thriller that Entertainment One and Ink Factory are co-producing. Belgian director Fabrice Du Weltz (Alleluia) is attached to direct.
Boseman is a hot property at the moment, coming off acclaimed performances as James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42. Marvel has recently confirmed he will also star as Black Panther in an upcoming film centered on the character, a prince of a fictional African nation turned superhero.
In Message From the King, Boseman will play a man who, on the first day of a one-week visit to Los Angeles from South Africa, finds out that his sister has been brutally murdered. He only has the remainder of his trip to find out why. Boseman will also receive an executive producer credit on the film. Message From the King is set to begin production in Los Angeles in February.
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Du Weltz will direct from a script by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher. EOne and Ink Factory will co-finance the project with eOne handling worldwide sales. The Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell will serve as producers together with Rumble Films’ David Lancaster. EOne president of film production Xavier Marchand will executive produce together with Benedict Carver, eOne's senior vp filmed entertainment, Ash Shah and Boseman.
Boseman is represented by Management 360, Green & Associates Talent Agency and Ziffren Brittenham. Du Weltz is repped by Jerome Duboz of WME and manager Jeremy Platt.
Nov. 3, 2:49 p.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Message From the King would be introduced to buyers at AFM. The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error.