Marvel's Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) is finally stepping into the spotlight in his very own upcoming live-action standalone movie directed by Creed's Ryan Coogler.
Black Panther made his acclaimed live-action debut this past spring in Captain America: Civil War, with his slick vibranium suit, claws and all. We've been following all of the exciting casting decisions since the film was announced, including the rather refreshing news that Bosemen had a hand in selecting his cast members.
A new open casting call for extras has seemingly revealed the filming location and start date for Black Panther. According to Tammy Smith Casting, filming will begin in January 2017 and take place in Atlanta, GA.
Lupita N'yongo, who is playing Nakia, a member of the Wakandan all-female special forces gave us a short synopsis of what we will see in Black Panther, "The story of this Black Panther - what I am allowed to say - is that Black Panther's leadership has been threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy."
You can check out the casting call details below directly from the agency's website which explains exactly what they are looking for including drummers, MMA-style fighters, and those with tactical weapons experience:
From the details it sounds like Marvel Studios is creating the technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda in Atlanta. In a recent interview with ComicBook.com’s Jim Viscardi, Chadwick Boseman did tease that the solo film will explore the origins of Black Panther and his homeland.
“There is definitely more of his origin in Black Panther. You’re going to learn about Wakanda, its culture, its traditions, the past,” he went on. “You can go through all the comic books and know that there’s more Panthers that have existed in the past - that’s origin.”
With Creed director Ryan Coogler, an impressive cast made up of over 90% African-American actors including the talented Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger) Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Oynko), newcomer Winston Duke as Man-Ape, and Forest Whitaker, Black Panther is likely to make history in the comic book movie genre.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; and Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.