Filming has already commenced on Marvel's Black Panther, and on Saturday — thanks to Atlanta Filming and Just Jared — a quartet of cast members were spotted on either going or coming from its Atlanta, Georgia set.
Chadwick Boseman, the 40-year-old actor who made his Black Panther debut last year in Captain America: Civil War, was spotted dressed as T’Challa—wearing a dark suit and dress shirt (buttoned up to the top) with no tie. He was accompanied by an older, plump woman with a purple head-wrap (dhuku) and wearing a silver cross around her neck.
Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), who is playing Nakia, was spotted wearing a red head-wrap. Sherlock star Martin Freeman was seen peering out from underneath an umbrella, though his character Everett K. Ross—a member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center—looks no different than he did in Civil War.
Last but not least, Danai Gurira was photographed with her newly-shaved and tattooed head. It's a dramatic change from the dreadlock, sword wielding badass fans of The Walking Dead have grown accustomed to seeing. But then again, that's a wig and Gurira has been seen plenty of times off-set with her natural short hair.
Black Panther has been an important character in the Marvel universe for 50 years. He is the king of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, and Panther has served as a member of the Avengers in addition to his many solo adventures.
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The cast features Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four) as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia, Angela Bassett (Green Lantern) as Ramonda, T'Challa's mother, and Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Zuri. It also includes Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror) as W’Kabi, Winston Duke (Person of Interest) as M’Baku, Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War) as Ayo, Letitia Wright (Doctor Who) as Serita, and Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson) as N’Jobu.
The film is being directed and co-written by Creed and Fruitvale Station filmmaker, Ryan Coogler, and production is expected to get underway this January.
Black Panther will slash into theaters on February 16, 2018.