The other day, a fellow blerd (black nerd) and I were talking about the upcoming Black Panther movie and how exciting the upcoming movie will be. It has a lot of potential, as well as a lot of risks. This will be the first truly big-budget blockbuster with a primarily African-American or African cast (90% of the cast will be people of color), as well as many people of color behind the scenes including director Ryan Coogler as well as his screenwriting partner Joe Robert Cole. Of course, the cast is a who’s who of big-name black actors working today with a cast list that includes: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright. During the conversation, my friend said, “what black actors isn’t going to be in this movie?” Well, it looks like yet another person has joined the cast of Black Panther.
Marvel announced that actor Sterling K. Brown will be joining the film. Brown, who had a hell of a 2016, winning an Emmy for playing Chris Darden in The People vs. OJ Simpson and is also a part of the ensemble of This Is Us, has just been cast for the role of N’Jobu. The character of N’Jobu will be a completely new one, and not from the original comic book, so this gives the screenwriters some flexibility as to where this character goes. The character has been described as “a figure from T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther’s past.”
While we haven’t received an official synopsis for the plot of the movie, , actress Lupita Nyong’o had said last year a little bit about the plot saying it will center on Black Panther facing multiple foes and will require the help of the CIA and the Dora Milaje (his royal bodyguards) to take on the foes. So for the time being, we don’t know if N’Jobu will be aligning himself with Erik Killmonger (Jordan), M’Baku (Duke), and Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis). Perhaps he will be on the good said and help T’Challa along with his bodyguards and Everett Ross (played by Martin Freeman).
Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018.