Michael B. Jordan Joins ‘Black Panther’; Lupita Nyong’o in Talks as Well

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Michael B. Jordan is teaming up once more with director Ryan Coogler, this time for Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The Hollywood Reporter claims that Jordan officially signed on for the film late last week.

Although it has yet to be confirmed, it is rumored that Jordan might play some sort of villain role in the film. He is joining Chadwick Boseman, who first played the titular role of the Black Panther in this month’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

Variety is reporting that Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o is also in talks for the film as the Black Panther’s love interest. The film is set to follow T’Challa (Boseman), the prince of the African nation of Wakanda and the Black Panther, who must take up the mantel when his father is murdered. In addition to his director duties, Coogler is also penning the screenplay alongside Joe Robert Cole.

It is rumored that actor Andy Serkis will also appear in the film as Ulysses Klaue/Klaw.

Jordan is currently at work on the second remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.” He previously worked with Coogler on “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed.”

Nyong’o recently lent her voice to the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” character Maz Kanata, as well as to Mother Wolf Raksha in “The Jungle Book.” She is appearing next in “Queen of Katwe” with David Oyelowo, and is also attached to star in “Intelligent Life,” which Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly co-wrote.

“Black Panther” has a Feb. 16, 2018 release date, with filming due to start in 2017.