Danai Gurira Joins Director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther Cast

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Danai Gurira Joins Director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther Cast
Posted by Wilson Morales

July 23, 2016

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During Marvel’s panel discussion at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel prez Kevin Feige introduced Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who then brought out his cast so far Chadwick BosemanMichael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and its latest member Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead).

Boseman has T’Challa aka Black Panther and his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War.

Jordan will be playing the film’s villain, Erik Killmonger, while Nyong’o and Gurira will play Nakia and Okoye, high ranking members of Black Panther’s bodyguards, The Dora Milaje.

Black Panther cast - Chadwick Boseman, director Ryan Coogler, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael B. Jordan

In his wikipedia page, Killmonger is a native of Wakanda, born under the name N’Jadaka. When Ulysses Klaw and his mercenaries attacked Wakanda, they press-ganged N’Jadaka’s father into helping them; when Klaw was defeated, the father died and his family was exiled. N’Jadaka ended up in Harlem, New York, nursing a hatred against the supervillain and T’Challa, the king who’d exiled him. He changed his name to Erik Killmonger and studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, desperate to avenge his father’s death.

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According to its Wikipedia page, The Dora Milaje are the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, recruited from every tribe of Wakanda. In addition with their protective function, they are also a pool of superior Wakandan women. An ancient tribal tradition, the Dora Milaje were assembled as potential queens for an unmarried king, maintaining the peace in Wakanda by ensuring that every tribe has the opportunity to put forward one of their daughters for the crown. The daughters of Wakanda, Nakia and Okoye, became the first Dora Milaje to serve under T’Challa.

Black Panther cast - Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o at Comic-Con 2016

Gurira, best known for her role as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead,’ recently worked with Nyong’o as the duo earned Tony Award nominations for the Broadway production of ‘Eclipsed.’ Gurira wrote the play and Nyong’o starred in it. She will next be seen playing Tupac Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur in a biopic of the rapper called ‘All Eyez On Me.’

Black Panther hits theaters on February 2, 2018.

Marvel Studios upcoming slate includes Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017, Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Black Panther on February 6, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part I on May 4, 2018, Ant-Man and The Wasp on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, and Avengers: Infinity War Part II on May 3, 2019, with three untitled Marvel Studios films set to premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.

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