Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) is currently busy in pre-production for Black Panther, Marvel Studios' first solo black superhero movie, and it looks as though an important piece in the casting jigsaw has been found. News arrives via Variety that Winston Duke (Person Of Interest) is set to play the film's main villain.
Duke, best known for his work on Jonathan Nolan's science fiction TV show Person Of Interest, is set to play the villainous M'Baku, otherwise known as Man-Ape. In the original Marvel comics, M'Baku is in frequent conflict with the T'Challa, gaining superhuman strength from eating the flesh of a sacred gorilla.
Coogler, who is writing the script with Joe Robert Cole (Amber lake), has already assembled an impressive cast to feature alongside Chadwick Boseman (introduced in Captain America: Civil War) in the title role, including Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and frequent Coogler collaborator Michael B. Jordan (Creed).
Filming is due to begin early in the new year on what will be the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aiming towards a February 2018 release date (arriving shortly before Avengers: Infinity War).
As an interesting side note (as we learnt from the Captain America: Civil War directors commentary), the iconic Black Panther suit is likely to be entirely created digitally.