Marvel Casts Chadwick Boseman as 'Black Panther'

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The 'Get On Up' actor will play T'Challa, head of Wakanda

Chadwick Boseman will be Marvel Studios' first solo lead of color, with the news that he will take the title role in the newly announced Black Panther movie, one of several new titles revealed at this morning’s Marvel Studios event at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.

Boseman will play T’Challa, the head of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, in the movie, which is scheduled to be released Nov. 3, 2017. The Black Panther — created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby — was a long-serving member of the Avengers who also enjoyed multiple critically acclaimed solo runs throughout his 48-year history.

Boseman is best known for his roles in 42 and Get On Up, playing Jackie Robinson and James Brown, respectively. He's repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham.

While no other information about the project was released at the event, the studio reveal show concept art for the character, shared on Twitter by Marvel’s Ryan Penagos.

The character will debut in 2016's third Captain America movie, according to Feige, which has been given the title Captain America: Civil War.

Borys Kit contributed to this story.