By: J’Neia Stewart
Phylicia Rashad may be the newest member of the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther, due to begin production later this month.
According to MCU Exchange , news of the addition of Rashad to the cast came through actor Sterling K. Brown, who announced last week that he would be joining the cast. Not much is known about the role Brown will play in the film and Rashad has not been officially announced yet. Rumors of Phylicia Rashad’s casting in Black Panther came about in an interview with The Undefeated where Brown was asked his thoughts on the excitement surrounding Black Panther and the implications of films with primarily Black casts.
“I just worked with Chad on a film called Marshall, about Thurgood Marshall. He’s such a talented human being and a deep soul. He’s the perfect personality to fully inhabit T’Challa. So, to rejoin him, and to work with Academy Award winners … to be with Michael B. Jordan after the incredible work he’s done in Creed. Danai Gurira, Phylicia Rashad, Forest Whitaker — like, it’s embarrassing. I’m good at what I do — I don’t try to do any sort of false modesty — but, ‘Wow! I get to be with all of you people!?!’ I think Ryan Coogler is one of the great storytellers that we have working today. The meeting I had with Nate Moore before I even got to chance to audition for Panther, and to see the level of knowledge, and just passion that he has for the whole universe, and for this project in particular … it’s in such good hands. I worked with Joe Robert Cole — he was one of our writers on The People vs. O.J. who co-writes with Ryan Coogler [on Panther]. Like, everyone is so good at what they do.”
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Marvel’s Black Panther, set to release February 16, 2018, centers around T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, who assumes leadership of the African nation of Wakanda after his father is murdered and must protect his country from enemies who seek to attack his country from the inside out.
We will be sure to update if or when this casting is confirmed!