Brown is best known for portraying Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story -- which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Brown is also receiving rave reviews as Randall Pearson in the NBC drama series This is Us.
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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.
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. The cast 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, and Letitia Wright (Doctor Who) as Serita.
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.