Black Panther is now just two months away and the highly anticipated solo flick based on T’Challa, King of Wakanda, is one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2018.
One of the stars of the film, Lupita Nyong’o, spoke with Vogue about her thoughts on the film and the Academy Award winner called it, “Brave for an action film.”
The film is guaranteed to be unlike anything previously seen in the MCU. Set entirely in the fictional nation of Wakanda, it is a country untouched by the colonialism that ravaged many other countries across the continent of Africa and as such, has been able to operate without any interference from the outside world, creating a haven of riches and technological mastery.
Nyong’o most certainly loves this aspect of Wakanda as well and said, “The little Kenyan child in me leaped for joy because it’s such an affirmation. What colonialism does is cause an identity crisis about one’s own culture.”
The same sentiment was echoed by co-star, Chadwick Boseman who portrays the titular character, referring to Wakanda being untouched by colonialism and any outside interference.
For Nyong’o, this was something that was personal and the actress said, “For me, as an African who lives outside Africa and wrestles with that dichotomy of tradition and modernity, this is almost healing.”
Moviegoers will get to see Wakanda in all of its glory when Black Panther claws its way into theaters on February 16, 2018.