Forest Whitaker Joins Marvel's 'Black Panther'

Forest Whitaker - Ryan Coogler - P - 2016
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Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba are also joining the cast of the Ryan Coogler film.

Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel's Black Panther.

Whitaker, who will soon be appearing in Disney/LucasFilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be playing Zuri, an elder statesman in Wakanda. The news was announced Friday on Marvel.com.

Chadwick Boseman, who debuted his T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War, will lead a cast that already includes Michael B. Jordan,  Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler.

This will not be the first time the Oscar-winning actor and the Creed director will have worker together. Whitaker produced Coogler's breakout feature Fruitvale Station, which starred Jordan.

Also new to the cast is Daniel Kaluuya, who will play W’Kab, a confidant to T’Challa. Winston Duke has been cast as M’Baku, the leader of a rival Wakandan tribe, while Florence Kasumba is joining as her Captain America: Civil War role Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje, the body guards of the Black Panther.

Black Panther will hit theaters Feb. 16, 2018.

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