Shadow and Act reports that after producer Kevin Feige introduced director Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) and lead actor Chadwick Boseman (“Get On Up”), he officially announced three new stars during a panel at the San Diego geek culture conference this weekend.
The cast will include frequent Coogler collaborator Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years A Slave”) and Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead). Jordan will portray the superhero’s nemesis “Erik Killmonger,” while Nyong’o and Gurira (who worked together on the Broadway production of Gurira’s “Eclipsed”) respectively star as “Nakia” and “Okoye,” Black Panther’s personal body guards. Coogler told the Comic-Con audience that production will begin in 2017.
In other “Black Panther” news, writer Roxane Gay (who will speak at Facing Race, the conference organized by Colorlines’ publisher Race Forward) and poet Yona Harvey will collaborate with ”Black Panther” comic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to create a new series focused on Black Panther’s homeland of Wakanda. Titled “Black Panther: World of Wakanda,” it will focus on two lovers from Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s all-female security force.