My God, but has Marvel been slaying it lately with the decisions surrounding Black Panther. Yesterday came the news that Lupita Nyong'o had joined the cast. Today, THR is reporting that Michael B. Jordan has also inked a deal to star in the film.
This will be the third time that Jordan and director Ryan Coogler have teamed up, and their previous two films — Fruitvale Station and Creed — were fantastic. Hopefully they'll be able to recapture that magic with Black Panther. While Marvel has yet to comment, a source told the outlet that Jordan could be changing it up and playing a villain this time. Last seen in 2015's Creed, which was a critical and commercial success, Jordan earned a bit of awards season buzz for his portrayal of Adonis Johnson alongside Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa.
While this won't be the first Marvel character Jordan has played — he was, after all, a part of Fox's ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot last year — this will be his first Marvel Studios film. It's a safe bet that this will be one impressive introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Along with Nyong'o, Jordan joins an already insanely talented cast that includes Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue and, of course, Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther.
Black Panther is scheduled for release on February 16, 2018.