The Cast of Black Panther- What You Need To Know About Them Before Seeing Black Panther

The cast of Black Panther- Who Are They?
Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Royal Talon Fighter..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Do you know who the characters are in Black Panther, and the actors behind each character? Learn about the cast of Black Panther, and what you need to know before seeing Marvel’s Black Panther movie. 

 The Cast of Black Panther- What You Need To Know About Them Before Seeing Black Panther
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 The Cast of Black Panther- What You Need To Know About Them Before Seeing Black Panther

Are you planning on going to see Black Panther this weekend? Before you go, there are a few things you need to know. There are a LOT of moving parts in this movie, and quite a few MAIN characters besides Black Panther. This is not just any Marvel movie, where Captain America is the main character throughout the whole movie. No, in this Black Superhero movie, Black Panther shares the spotlight with some powerful players. I’m sharing details on who is in Black Panther, the parts they play, and what you need to know about them before seeing the movie! 

Let’s get started. {there are no spoilers- just facts about each character}

What is the Black Superhero movie about?

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The Black Panther Cast

Ryan Coogler Director of Black Panther movie
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Director Ryan Coogler on set with Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther/T’Challa) ..Ph: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018


Writer-director Ryan Coogler is known for his intimate character-driven style, which catapulted him to the forefront of the indie film world in 2013 with his riveting award-winning drama “Fruitvale Station,” starring Michal B. Jordan. Coogler’s follow-up film “Creed,” again with Michael B. Jordan and also with Sylvester Stallone, cemented his reputation as a filmmaker who excelled with challenging, multi-layered material. “Ryan Coogler is an unbelievable filmmaker,” comments producer Kevin Feige. “He’s already made two films that, I believe, will stand the test of time. The fact that he was as excited and passionate about jumping into this storyline as we were was amazing for us. His early thoughts and ideas really reinvigorated us with the possibilities for the film.

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CHADWICK BOSEMAN as T’Challa/Black Panther

Prince T’Challa is primed to become the new King of Wakanda. Mourning the loss of his father, T’Challa’s claim to the throne is waylaid when villains outside the country pull him out of Wakanda and lead him on an adventure that spans the globe. Pushed to the limit and burdened with the fate of a nation, T’Challa must prevail by any means necessary or risk the lives of millions of Wakandans.

Although he was familiar with the Super Hero, the Black Panther comics really came on Chadwick Boseman’s radar with Reginald Hudlin’s iteration, which was first published in 2005. So when presented with the opportunity to bring the title character to life as part of “Captain America: Civil War,” it was a thrill for the actor. The subsequent positive audience response to the newest Super Hero in the MCU arsenal was swift, and the feedback excited Boseman, who was eager to show film audiences more of Black Panther’s story. Boseman says, “There was certainly been a lot of excitement about the opportunity to do a stand-alone movie based upon the way the character was set up in ‘Civil War.’ I feel like that was a success, and we left people with wanting more. I felt that excitement from outside, from people who saw the last movie, and I definitely felt like there was an excitement within Marvel too.” Boseman offers what he finds compelling about his character. “T’Challa is smart. He’s a strategist and that has always been something that stood out to me, even in the comic books,” the actor says. “He’s a world leader and with that comes the responsibility for an entire nation and considering its place in the world. That’s something that other Super Heroes don’t commonly have, but he must also uphold his legacy. It’s an interesting combination.”

Marvel's Best Villain- Michael B Jordan
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MICHAEL B. JORDAN as Erik Killmonger

Erik Killmonger is a new foe to Wakanda with designs on the throne. Equipped with deadly tactical skills and knowledge of Wakanda, he is a formidable enemy for our heroes. 

The creative bond between Michael B. Jordan and Coogler runs deep and is evident from their previous collaborations in “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station” and extends far beyond a working relationship. So when the director proposed the idea of Jordan flexing a different acting muscle and consider taking on the role of Killmonger, a darker more unconventional turn for the actor, Jordan agreed without hesitation. – 7 – Jordan had already been mentally in the game from the second he heard Marvel Studios was developing the “Black Panther” project. A longtime comic book fan, Jordan could not turn down the chance to work on the film. “My initial exposure to the Marvel universe was pretty extensive,” comments Jordan. “I grew up with Marvel and comic books and was always a big fan.”

Black Panther Cast- Lupita
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Nakia is a War Dog, a Wakandan spy often embedded in countries outside of Wakanda to observe and report back. She must decide whether she should be guided by her duty to her nation or her feelings for T’Challa. Nakia, who is from the River tribe, is a force to be reckoned with—a highly disciplined and strong-willed woman who gives as good as she gets, especially when it comes to T’Challa. Her warrior skills match those of the Dora Milaje, the elite all-female security force, which makes her an exceptionally effective operative. Describing Nakia, Nyong’o says, “Nakia is a bit of a rebel but also a loyalist to her country. She is in conflict with some of the ideals of her nation and wants to go her own way, but she is also really eager to serve the country she loves so much. She and T’Challa, now that he is King, are at odds as to what way forward is best for the nation. But they also have some history together, so they have to come to terms with that and figure out how to forge ahead.”

Women of Black Panther - Danai
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Okoye is the head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female Wakandan Special Forces. She is the best fighter in Wakanda who is not named the Black Panther, and she is fiercely loyal to the throne.Best known for her immensely popular role of the katana-wielding Michonne in the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead,” actress Danai Gurira was a no-brainer when it came to filling the role of the fearless Okoye, T’Challa’s confidante and head of the Dora Milaje.

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MARTIN FREEMAN as Everett K. Ross

A CIA agent who was last seen interrogating Zemo, Ross soon finds that he’s on the trail of the same villain recently resurfaced from T’Challa’s past. Ross is pulled into the wondrous world of Wakanda and finds himself aligned with T’Challa against international forces threatening to destroy Wakanda. Martin Freeman reprises the character of Agent Everett Ross in a surprising turn as an ally, albeit a reluctant one, to T’Challa. “There’s a real sense of nobility to him,” cites Moore of Ross’ détente with T’Challa. “There’s a mutual respect between Ross and T’Challa as they reluctantly team up to pursue Klaue. Ross isn’t the requisite government suit who acts as the obstructionist.”

BlackPanther Cast Daniel Kaluuya
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W’Kabi is the head of security for the Border Tribe. The people of the Border Tribe live on the borders of Wakanda and serve as the first line of defense for the country. To outsiders they appear to be what people would “expect” of a small African nation—but the truth is they are some of the fiercest warriors in Wakanda, intent on protecting the secrets of their nation at all costs. British actor Daniel Kaluuya joins the cast as W’Kabi, Royal Counsel to T’Challa when he ascends to rule Wakanda. Offering insight on W’Kabi, Kaluuya says, “W’Kabi is quite an honest African character. He’s got an African male ego. I find that quite interesting and – 11 – really honest. It’s like seeing what that does to a man when he’s been brought up in this certain tradition that is quite sexist in a way and seeing whether he can develop and overcome it. And anyone can.”

BlackPanther Letitia Wright
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Shuri is T’Challa’s little sister and a smart-mouthed, tech wizard. She is second-in-line for the throne behind her brother and is the smartest person in Wakanda—the top scientist and the innovator behind the Black Panther’s updated suits and technology. British actress Letitia Wright steps into the shoes of tech-savvy Princess Shuri, T’Challa’s cheeky younger sister. Describing Shuri, Wright says, “Shuri is someone who’s very innovative. She takes care of the technology side of everything that’s going on in Wakanda. She designs exciting, cool things that we’re going to see in the film. Her brain is always working, and she’s always thinking of solutions to help her country and building gadgets and things like better armor. Shuri’s mission in the film is expanding.”

Who is Winston Duke in Black Panther | Black Panther Poster
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M’Baku is the formidable leader of the Jabari tribe, a group of Wakandans who have shunned the use of vibranium and removed themselves from mainstream Wakandan life. In the wake of T’Chaka’s death, M’Baku is faced with the choice of challenging T’Challa for the throne in order to return Wakanda to its isolationist ways. Winston Duke portrays M’Baku, leader of the Jabari mountain tribe of Wakanda who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with T’Challa and the royal family. “M’Baku is a self-professed man of deep integrity,” offers Duke. “He really cares about his people, and he’s deeply shaped and defined by his cultural identity. He is Jabari, which is one of the main tribes of Wakanda. And being so is a really big part of who he is. He has a particular way of – 12 – wanting his world to reflect where he comes from. He does not want that to be forgotten, and he’s a man of deep integrity. However it’s manifested, it’s still connected to integrity.”

Black Panther The Movie- and why you need to see it!
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Ramonda is T’Challa and Shuri’s mother. Her goal is to help T’Challa become King of Wakanda in a peaceful transition of power, serving as a de facto advisor to the throne. However, as things get complicated for our hero, she sets aside any political functions and instead operates as a mother whose sole concern is the physical well-being of both of her children. Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett plays the stalwart Queen Mother Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother. The recent widow is a pivotal character that provides an anchor to both T’Challa, who is struggling with his role as leader of Wakanda and protector of its traditions, and his sister, the headstrong, brilliant young Princess Shuri. Of her role, Bassett says, “Ramonda’s a wife, and she’s a mother of a son of whom she is immensely proud of, and of a young daughter Shuri. You have that back and forth between Shuri and Ramonda sometimes as she’s trying to assert her independence and as she’s growing into her humanity and her adulthood. As a mother of a boy and a girl, I know that there are just different dynamics and tensions that play out between boys and girls and mothers and sons and mothers and daughters.”

Interview with Forest Whitaker Black Panther
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Zuri is the spiritual leader of Wakanda. A good friend to former King T’Chaka, Zuri has become a mentor figure to T’Challa, bestowing his knowledge and wisdom onto the Black Panther. Zuri is also the keeper of the Staff of Bashenga and tends the garden of the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives Black Panther his powers. For Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, joining the “Black Panther” cast as Zuri was akin to a family reunion with Coogler and Jordan with whom he collaborated as a producer on “Fruitvale Station.”

Andy Serkis in Black Panther | Black Panther Poster
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ANDY SERKIS as Ulysses Klaue

Ulysses Klaue is an illegal arms dealer, smuggler, and gangster operating out of South Africa, whom we met in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He is after Wakanda’s vibranium and in the Black Panther’s crosshairs. – 14 – Andy Serkis was always game to revisit the role of the South African arms dealer who first appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and once he heard Coogler was set to direct he signed on despite an overwhelming schedule. It was worth it for the award-winning actor, who says, “Ryan has really come up with something special with ‘Black Panther.’ It’s an extraordinary retelling of essentially everything that we know about Black Panther from the comic while creating Wakanda in a wondrous yet accessible way. He’s a brilliant director who’s all about character and knows this world so well. He’s created something.”

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