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Michael B. Jordan Joins Black Panther

Michael_B._Jordan_by_Gage_SkidmoreActor Michael B. Jordan will be reteaming with director Ryan Coogler as it is being reported that he’ll be joining Marvel‘s Black Panther in an unspecified role.

This is the third time the actor has team with Coogler. They worked together on Fruitvale Station and Creed previously.

It was reported yesterday that Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to join the cast.

This is the second superhero role for Jordan. Earlier this year he played Johnny Storm in the box office flop Fantastic Four, another Marvel property but that one by 20th Century Fox. Jordan is also the second Johnny Storm to hop from that role in to a role in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Chris Evans played the same role twice and is now Captain America.

The film is being directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. Coogler is known for writing and directly Fruitvale Station as well as Creed. He will be doing both for Black Panther as well. After a career mostly in television, Boseman broke through with his portrayal as Jackie Robinson in the film 42 and will be depicting Thurgood Marshall in Marshall which comes to theaters in 2016.

The film is set to release February 2, 2018 and begins filming in early 2017.

Black Panther debuted in Captain America: Civil War is the warrior king of the African kingdom of Wakanda. A teaser scene at the end of Civil War sets up the possible conflict of the film.