Forest Whitaker Joins Marvel's 'Black Panther' (Exclusive)

Justin Kroll

Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman.

The film, directed by Creed helmer Ryan Coogler, also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. Boseman will play T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the throne after his father’s murder. Marvel unveiled the character in Captain America: Civil War in May before the standalone film bows on Feb. 16, 2018.

Details behind Whitaker’s role are being kept under wraps.

Joe Robert Cole is co-penning the script with Coogler. Kevin Feige is producing the movie.

Whitaker has a busy fall schedule ahead of him with Paramount’s Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, debuting next month and Star Wars: Rogue One opening in December.

He is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.

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