Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on Black Panther, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the title hero. The action film is being helmed by Creed director Ryan Coogler.
Black Panther follows T’Challa (Boseman) who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Boseman is joined by Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (Urban Hymn), Winston Duke (Person of Interest), Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War, Emerald City), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and John Kani (Captain America: Civil War).
Black Panther will be shot in Atlanta and South Korea. It’s expected to open in U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.