In addition to dropping the bombshell that Forest Whitaker has joined the cast as Zuri, Marvel Studios has confirmed three more actors for Black Panther. Winston Duke, who was previously reported to be part of the film, has now been confirmed along with Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario, Get Out) and Florence Kasumba.
Winston Duke is playing M’Baku, who is best known in Marvel Comics as the villainous Man-Ape. Marvel did not mention that name in the announcement and only described M’Baku as the leader of a rival Wakandan tribe. Wakanda, of course, is the fiction African nation which Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) calls home and is now the king of.
Kaluuya is playing W’Kabi, a friend and confidant to T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther. In the comics, W’Kabi is also a Wakandan security chief, so expect him to have a high rank in the film.
Kasumba is reprising her role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje (Wakanda’s royal guard/secret service) whom we met in Captain America: Civil War. She was the one telling Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) “Move, or you will be moved.”
Black Panther is being directed by Ryan Coogler from a script Coogler co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole. In addition to these new cast members, the film will also include Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Dora Milaje member Nakia, and Danai Gurira as Dora Milaje leader Okoye.
Black Panther is due in theaters February 16, 2018.