While both Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman have been rumoured as part of the film for a while now – and Freeman has been spotted on the set – Marvel's production announcement for Ryan Coogler's (Creed) Black Panther confirms that the two actors will indeed show up on screen.
Both actors are reprising characters we have met in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before – Serkis' injured arms dealer Ulysses Klaue from Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) and Freeman's government type Everett K. Ross in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Black Panther follows T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Coogler's cast also includes regular collaborator Michael B. Jordan (CReed), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Daniel Kaluuya (Kick-Ass 2), Angela Bassett (Malcolm X), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Florence Kasuma (Captain America: Civil War) and Sterling K. Brown (The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story). With a script by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole (Amber Lake), Black Panther is headed our way on 9 February next year before its US launch on 16 February.