Creed actor Michael B Jordan to star in Black Panther
Michael B Jordan has joined the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther.
The 29-year-old actor will team up with his Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler for the third time to film the movie, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael’s role has not yet been confirmed but it has been speculated that he could play the main villain.
Chadwick’s Black Panther and his alter ego T’Challa were introduced in Captain America Civil War.
And it was recently revealed that Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star as the love interest of the superhero in the blockbuster set for release in 2018.
A source said, “There has been a lot of talk about her doing it. But we don’t know if she is going to do it yet.”
Although she is to be the film’s love interest it is not yet known which Marvel Comics character she could take on but there are numerous names in the frame.
Monica Lynne is one of them, the American professional singer who met the hero when he rescued her from the racist organisation The Sons of the Serpent.
Malaika, the Wakandan trade ambassador to Paris, has also been tipped and even the X-Men character Storm, who the Black Panther married in a storyline in 2006, though it is unlikely that Marvel would be allowed to use her because the rights to the X-Men franchise are owned by 20th Century Fox.
Despite little being revealed about the plot, it is expected to expand on the storyline that was first introduced in Captain America Civil War of how T’Challa becomes the Black Panther.
T’Challa’s father T’Chaka is king of the African nation Wakanda and has the ceremonial title Black Panther as the chief of the Panther tribe, but is murdered when a bomb goes off at the UN making his son the Black Panther.