Lupita Nyong’o will likely land a lead role alongside Chadwick Boseman in Marvel’s first black superhero movie, Black Panther.

Ryan Coogler was hired to write and direct Black Panther earlier this year, following the success of Creed, which gave Coogler the Hollywood cred needed to launch a Marvel franchise. (Ava DuVernay was originally in talks to direct before dropping out.)

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Boseman’s Black Panther character makes his debut in Captain America: Civil War, which is currently in theaters and had the fifth biggest opening weekend in history because all these Marvel movies do is make bread.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The character, whose name is T’Challa, is the warrior king of Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional African nation that is rich in an unbreakable alloy called vibranium.

N’yongo’s character has not been revealed although she will be the Panther’s love interest.

Nyong’o, probably the most recognizable working black actress at the moment, is a great obvious choice to co-anchor Black Panther—the site Okayplayer even predicted her casting back in January.

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The movie is scheduled for release on February 2, 2018, and absolutely has to be fire.


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