Last fall’s big announcement by Marvel Studios not only revealed that Black Panther was amongst the next wave of heroes to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also announced who was going to play T’Challa, the Black Panther, himself: Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will not only star in the standalone Panther movie, but his first on-screen appearance will be in Captain America: Civil War, which means that Boseman is going to be a very famous face once the summer of 2018 rolls around. So in casting the supporting roles, especially T’Challa’s father and Black Panther predecessor T’Chaka, they’re going to need someone equally famous. Like a Ghostbuster. Like Ernie Hudson.
According to El Mayimbe of Latino Review (via Instagram), Hudson is being courted to T’Chaka in the upcoming Black Panther film. In the comic books, T’Chaka is killed by Ulysses Klaw* in a conspiracy to get a hold of Wakanda’s rich supply of vibranium; as the king and protector of Wakanda, T’Chaka has the final say in terms of relations between the advanced African nation and the rest of the world. After T’Chaka dies, the powers and responsibility of the Black Panther pass on to his biological son, T’Challa.
*Of course you realize that Andy Serkis has been cast as Ulysses Klaw, it’s the small part he’s supposed to play in Avengers: Age of Ultron. So will Avengers tee up Panther? Stand by.
Hudson meanwhile is a familiar quantity. Not only is he best known for his appearances in the Ghostbusters movies as Winston Zeddemore, the everyman of the team, but he’s also played as good cop Sgt. Albrecht in The Crow, and most recently as King Poseidon on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Hudson has over 200 acting credits to his name, so even if you’ve never seen him in Ghostbusters, you seen him in something. Oh forget it! Go watch Ghostbusters, even if you already have.
Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but El Mayimbe is usually golden when it comes to scoops like this. It would be a great role for Hudson, who’s long been underrated as a performer, but as noted, nothing’s etched in stone yet. Likely, it might be a while before we find out for sure since Black Panther is unlikely to begin shooting before sometime in late 2016/early 2017. Unless… T’Challa has a father-related flashback in Civil War. Maybe? I guess we’ll see.
Black Panther is currently scheduled for release July 6, 2018. Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters next May, and Age of Ultron comes out in just a few short weeks now.
Source: Comic Book Movie