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Now, 's upcoming solo movie may not be set to hit theaters until February 2018, but that hasn't stopped it from stealthily acquiring what may well be the most ridiculously accomplished cast of any Marvel "origin story" to date. With 's titular character already being joined by the acclaimed likes of , Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyongo, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and, most recently, This is Us star SterlingKBrown, the film was hardly in need of any additional casting credibility.

And yet, from the sounds of an interview slip-up from the newly announced Brown, it very much seems that it has some. Y'see...

'Black Panther' Just Added 'Cosby Show' Legend Phylicia Rashad To Its Cast

'Creed' [Credit: MGM]
'Creed' [Credit: MGM]

Yup, that's right. Phylicia Rashad, who you'll likely remember either from being a bonafide legend, or for being the whole damn country's surrogate mom back in the 1980s when she starred on . Her announcement, though, was apparently rather unplanned, with it only emerging thanks to Sterling K. Brown's effusive praise of the cast he's now joining during an interview with The Undefeated:

"I just worked with Chad [Boseman] on a film called 'Marshall,' about Thurgood Marshall. He’s such a talented human being and a deep soul... He’s the perfect personality to fully inhabit T’Challa. So, to rejoin him, and to work with Academy Award winners… to be with Michael B. Jordan after the incredible work he’s done in 'Creed.' Danai Gurira, Phylicia Rashad, Forest Whitaker — like, it’s embarrassing. I’m good at what I do — I don’t try to do any sort of false modesty — but, ‘Wow! I get to be with all of you people!?!'"

Now, the inclusion of Rashad in that particular list of acting talent was swiftly removed after folks started to notice that she hadn't actually been officially announced yet, but by then the damage was done. As such, it very much seems that Phylicia Rashad will indeed be appearing in 2018's Black Panther.

'Creed' [Credit: MGM]
'Creed' [Credit: MGM]

Which probably shouldn't actually surprise us at all, seeing as she also starred in Black Panther director 's 2015 Rocky spin-off, . With pretty much everyone else from that movie having now made their way to the — including Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and co-stars Tessa Thompson (newly of Thor: Ragnarok) and Sylvester Stallone (newly of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) — it would have arguably been a little odd if Rashad hadn't found herself on ' payroll in the near future.

Still want more on Black Panther, and its potential impact on the MCU? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.

In the meantime, though, what do you think? Who would you like to see Phylicia Rashad play in Black Panther? Let us know below!

(Sources: The Undefeated, Web Cache)