SDCC 2016: Danai Gurira Joins Cast Of Marvel’s Black Panther

by on 07/24/2016

Danai Gurira, best known as Michonne on The Walking Dead, has been revealed as part of the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther movie. She’ll be playing Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje — Black Panther’s all-female league of personal bodyguards.

You most likely saw the Black Panther last spring when he starred in Captain America: Civil War. He’s the king of the nation of Wakanda, and as a crimefighter he’s relentless — but usually only when the crimes affect him directly. He serves the side of good, but is fiercely protective of Wakanda above all else.

The movie also stars Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, a member of of the Dora Milaje. They haven’t stated where they’re going with this, but Nakia could either turn into Panther’s love interest or the supervillain Malice. Perhaps that won’t happen in THIS movie, because the main baddie has been identified: Michael B. Jordan as Panther’s arch-nemesis Erik Killmonger (subtle name, huh?). He possesses the same gift for karate gymnastics as Panther does, and in the comics he’s nearly brought Wakanda down several times.

The movie also stars Chadwick Boseman in a supporting role. Black Panther will be unleashed February 16, 2018.

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