Michael B. Jordan Joins Marvel's 'Black Panther' (Exclusive)
Michael B. Jordan will reteam with his Creed director, Ryan Coogler, for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, inking a deal to join movie's buzzy cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
This marks the third time that Jordan will work with Coogler, who is both helming the comic book movie and writing the script with Joe Robert Cole. The first time the director and Jordan worked together was for the indie drama Fruitvale Station.
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Chadwick Boseman is toplining Black Panther, while Lupita Nyong’o is in negotiations to star alongside him.
It is unclear whom Jordan would play, but one source told THR that it could be a villain. Marvel had no comment.
Boseman and Black Panther were introduced in Captain America: Civil War, which crossed the $700 million worldwide mark in under a week and a half.
The lead character, whose name is T’Challa, is the warrior king of Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional African nation that is rich in an unbreakable alloy called vibranium.
Black Panther has a Feb. 16, 2018, release date, with production set to start in early 2017.
Panther won’t be Jordan’s superhero-movie debut. Last year, the actor starred as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in Fox’s Marvel film Fantastic Four.
Jordan currently is developing a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair as an acting vehicle. He also will produce the remake along with Joe and Anthony Russo.
Jordan is repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
Kim Masters contributed to this report.
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