Thursday, 11 December 2014

Chadwick Boseman discusses Black Panther

Rumoured and in development for several years, the adaptation of Marvel Comics' Black Panther series finally became official when studio boss Kevin Feige brought Chadwick Boseman (42) on stage to join Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans (The Avengers) on stage at the company's recent big future announcement event. Now, as part of Variety's Actors On Actors interview series, Boseman has opened up about his role.

"I'm beyond excited," he tells Logan Lerman (3:10 To Yuma). "It's like to the point where you feel numb and then your mind goes off into, 'Okay, how do I achieve that?' But I think the great thing about it is that this actual character is unique in a lot of ways. I can't think of another character that's the leader of a nation and is a superhero at the same time. There are a lot of different ways this story can go, you know, and ways that they can do it, so I'm really just excited about how it fits into the bigger picture of what Marvel is doing."

At the event, Feige indicated that Boseman's character – T'Challa, the African prince who becomes a hero as part of his royal family's legacy – would be introduced as part of the third Captain America film, Civil War, which sees Cap go up against Tony Stark in a clash of ethics. But one of Boseman's comments in the chat with Lerman points to the possibility that he may appear more than once before his character's film arrives in 2017.

Asked whether there was a director for the Black Panther outing, Boseman said, "There's a director on the movies that I'm introduced, but not for Black Panther. But just being a part of that discussion is huge. You know, you're reading the comic books and you have ideas about how that's gonna happen and you can discuss that." Naturally, nothing has been confirmed by Marvel beyond his Civil War appearance.

Black Panther (the film) will stalk on to our screens on 27 October 2017.

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