'Black Panther' Cast
'Black Panther' Marvel Movie
The much talked about Black Panther Marvel movie was released in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 16, 2018. Within one day of its opening, critics and fans on social media gave it raving reviews.
People are embracing and talking about the superb cast, the writing, production, costumes, music and everything else concerning the film.
This article is focusing on the 31-year old black co-writer and co-producer along with the talented cast as they are listed in credit order.
Ryan Coogler: Writer, Director and Producer
Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California. He is a director and writer, known for Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), and Black Panther (2018).
He attended nearby Saint Mary's College on a football scholarship, then transferred to Sacramento State College. Later he was a graduate student in the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Coogler has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) since 2016.
Chadwick Boseman: T'Challa, Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman is an actor, writer, and producer. He was born on November 29, 1977 in Anderson, South Carolina. He is known for having a starring role in 42 (2013), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Black Panther (2018).
Boseman was graduate of both Howard University in Washington, DC and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, England. He didn't have to audition like the other cast for his role in Black Panther.
Boseman is T'Challa and Black Panther. He is the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda who gains enhanced strength by ingesting the heart-shaped herb. After the death of his father T'Chaka, T'Challa is in mourning while ascending to the throne.
Michael B. Jordan: N'Jadaka /Erik Stevens/Killmonger
Michael B. Jordan was born on February 9, 1987 in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey. His middle name Bakari means "noble promise" in Swahili.
He is not related to the basketball player Michael Jordan. He inserted a middle initial in his name to avoid confusion. However, he was homeschooled and was allowed to play on the basketball team at New Jersey's Newark Arts High School.
Took tap-dancing lessons as a child. Before he started booking acting gigs, he appeared in ads for Modell's Sporting Goods and Toys 'R Us.
Jordan plays the characters of N'Jadaka, Erik Stevens, and Killmonger in Black Panther. According to executive producer Nate Moore, Killmonger has his own opinion on how Wakanda has been run and should be run. Jordan said he had been wanting to play a villain for a while. According to critics, he got his chance to shine as a villain in the Marvel movie.
Lupita Nyong'o: Nakia
Actress and producer Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents. She considers herself to be Mexican-Kenyan. The N and g in her surname are silent.
She had just graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program when she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in her film debut as a brutalized slave in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (2013). The actress became the first Kenyan to win an Oscar, the first African actress to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the first Mexican-born actress to win an Oscar.
Lupita plays the female lead, Nakia, in the 2018 superhero film Black Panther. Nakia is from the River Tribe who begins fighting for enslaved women in Nigeria. Nyong'o who was already fluent in four languages, English, Luo, Spanish, and Swahili had to learn to speak Hausa for certain parts of the film. She also trained in judo, jujitsu, silat, and Filipino martial arts for her role as Nakia.
Danai Gurira: Okoye
Danai Gurira was born on February 14, 1978 in Grinnell, Iowa. When she was 5, she moved back to Zimbabwe with her family until she was 18. She returned to America to study social psychology at Macalaster College and received an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
In Black Panther, she is from the Border Tribe. She uses the fighting skills she learned when she had a starring role in The Walking Dead.
Martin Freeman: Everett K. Ross
Martin Freeman is an English actor, best known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy and Lester Nygaard in the TV series Fargo (2014). He is not related to Morgan Freeman even though they are both left-handed.
In Black Panther, Freeman played the part of Everett K. Ross, a member of the CIA. The producer did a good job of turning Ross into a capable agent.
Daniel Kaluuya: W'Kabi
Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for Get Out (2017) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition.
As W'Kabi in Black Panther, Kaluuya and his best friend, who is the head of security for the Border Tribe, served as the first line of defense for Wakanda.
Letitia Wright: Shuri
Actress Letitia Wright was born on October 31, 1993 in Georgetown, Guyana. She is known for Black Mirror (2011), The Commuter (2018) and Black Panther (2018).
Wright plays T'Challa's 16-year-old sister and the princess of Wakanda who designs new technology for the country. She wanted to take Wakanda to a new place. Wright also felt Shuri was a good role model for young black girls.
Winston Duke: M'Baku
Winston Duke is an actor, known for starring in Person of Interest (2011) Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Black Panther (2018).
Duke plays a powerful and ruthless warrior who is the leader of Wakanda's mountain tribe, the Jabari, who are in protest to T'Challa being the new king.
Sterling K. Brown: N'Jobu
Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown was born April 5, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Stanford University and Master's Degree in Fine Arts from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
He currently stars in NBC's series This Is Us, for which he has been nominated for a Golden Globe and won a SAG Award and an NAACP Image Award. He won Best Male Actor in a Drama TV series for This Is Us (2016) which made him the first black man to win this category in the ceremony's 75-year history. He was also the first African-American to win the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award.
In Black Panther, Brown as a minor role of N'Jobu, T'Chaka's brother and Killmonger's father, who is a War Dog sent to America.
Angela Bassett: Ramonda
Actress, producer and director Angela Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City. She received her Bachelor's degree in African-American studies from Yale University (1980) and her Master's degree in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama (1983).
She is the first and only African-American recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993).
Angela and her actor husband, Courtney B. Vance, became the parents of twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, on January 27, 2006 in California through a surrogate.
The actress says, "I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent. This is my calling, not my career."
In Black Panther, Bassett is Ramonda, T'Challa's mother and Queen Mother of Wakanda. An interesting piece of information is that Bassett's silver wig was made from 120 pieces of hair that had been hand rolled into dreadlocks that reached her waist.
Forest Whitaker: Zuri
Forest Whitaker is an actor, producer, and director. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
He was born on July 15, 1961 in Longview, Texas. He cannot open his left eye all the way because he was born with a hereditary eye condition called ptosis, which is known as "drooping eyelid."
Whitaker often plays roles of historical figures, or military, political, or law enforcement roles. He is married and is the father of three children with unique names, Sonnet Noel Whitaker, True Whitaker and Ocean Whitaker. He also has a stepdaughter named Autumn.
In Whitaker role as Zuri, he is the elder statesman in Wakanda and the keeper of the heart-shaped herb. Denzel Whitaker, who is not related to Forest, plays a young Zuri. Denzel was Forest's son in the 2007 movie The Debater with Denzel Washington.
Andy Serkis: Ulysses Klaue
Actor and producer Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England.
In Black Panther, Serkis plays a South African black-market arms dealer, smuggler and gangster. He is allied with Killmonger, and one of the few outsiders to enter the country.
Other Cast Members
There are at least 51 other cast members who have various roles in Black Panther that helped to make the 134-minute film on a $200 million budget. During its opening weekend, it grossed over $361 million at the box office.