It is official! Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have officially been cast in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie! These three amazing actors will play three important characters apart of the Black Panther mythos; with Michael as one of his greatest enemies, while Lupita and Danai will be members of the Dora Milaje.
The news was announced recently at Comic-Con and we could not be more thrilled! As aforementioned Michael will be the villain of the film, Eric Killmonger. Eric is just as strong as his nemesis and also possesses a genius level intellect.
A native of Wakanda, his father was forced into the service of Ulysses Klaw when he and his mercenaries attacked the African nation. Following Klaw’s defeat, T’Challa exiled Killmonger’s family, an act that led the son to swear revenge. With his repatriation back to Wakanda, Killmonger became a subversive, determined to return the technologically advanced nation to its ancient ways.
Lupita and Danai will be members of the Dora Milaje, Nakia and Okoye, respectively. As you recall the Dora Milaje are Black Panther’s body guards and trained ceremonially as “wives-to-be.” Each member is from a different tribe in Wakanda, and although it is simply a formality and for the king’s protection, Nakia is actually in love with Black Panther, somewhat to an obsessive degree. Okoye, however, sees him as older brother figure.
This is going to be a stellar film and we cannot wait to see Black Panther in 2018. The Marvel Cinematic Universe not only just got a whole lot more diverse–it just became a whole lot more exciting! #WeAreWakanda!