'42' Star Chadwick Boseman Shortlisted for Marvel's 'Black Panther'?
Just a little while ago, Kick-Ass 2 and The Call star Morris Chestnut was a little vocal on Twitter and Facebook with implications that he might be up for the lead role in Marvel's potential adaptation of Black Panther. There were rumblings last summer that the adaptation of the comic might be coming sooner than later, but there have been no solid developments on that front yet, so Chestnut's now-deleted comments seemed interesting but uncertain. Now another name has been mentioned for the same role as Latino Review has heard that 42 star Chadwick Boseman is at the top of a short list to take the part. Read on!
For those who aren't familiar with Black Panter, here's some info from Wikipedia:
The title "Black Panther" is a rank of office, chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb which, in addition to his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther god, grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, and agility to the peak of human development. He has since lost this connection and forged a new one with another unknown Panther deity, granting him augmented physical attributes as well as a resistance to magic. His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey's scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones.
He is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, politician, inventor, and scientist—he has a Ph.D. degree in physics from Oxford University. Considered one of the eight smartest people on the planet, he is a genius in physics and advanced technology, and is a brilliant inventor. T'Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, showing mastery in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.
Now this is just a rumor for now, and being at the top of a shortlist doesn't mean Boseman is a lock for the part. However, 42 performed pretty well at the box office, and Boseman has clearly impressed the right people at Marvel. It probably also helps that he's more affordable than other big name actors might be. The question is how Black Panther might fit into Marvel's overall plans. The best bet right now is that Black Panther will be a Phase Three film along with Ant-Man, which is already slated for release in November in 2015 after The Avengers 2. But again, this is all just a rumor and speculation for now. Thoughts?