Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Black Panther. The 55-year-old actor will take on the role of Zuri, an elder statesman in Wakanda, in the Marvel movie, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, Variety reports.
The movie is expected to expand on the storyline that was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War of how T’Challa becomes the Black Panther. T’Challa’s father T’Chaka is king of the African nation Wakanda and has the ceremonial title Black Panther as the chief of the Panther Tribe, but is murdered when a bomb goes off at the UN making his son the Black Panther.
Michael B. Jordan will play Erik Killmonger, an expert fighter and nemesis of Black Panther, in the film, which is being directed by his Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler.
Chadwick said: “Ryan has beautiful things in store for us.”
Lupita Nyong’o’s character was previously confirmed as Nakia, a potential wife for Black Panther’s alter ego T’Challa, who also pops up in the comics as a villain named Malice. The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira will also star in the movies as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s personal bodyguards.