Rumor: Chadwick Boseman on Shortlist for Marvel’s Black Panther Film

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PantherA few weeks back, Morris Chestnut had Twitter buzzing when he dropped a few hints that he was up for the lead role in Marvel’s adaptation of the Black Panther. Those tweets were quickly removed, which usually means the law enforcers over at Marvel got hold of them. Since then, we haven’t heard much on the progress of the casting. That changed today, when El Mayimbe over at Latino-Review dropped a bit of news in regards to who may be filling the coveted role.

As with previous films, Marvel tends to grab actors that are just about to go big: Chris Hemsworth had his 15 minutes in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek where he impressed quite a few people and more recently Michael Rooker and Chris Pratt, who had great roles in The Walking Dead and Zero Dark Thirty respectively. For Black Panther, they seem to be going the same route, with their eyes rumored to be set on Chadwick Boseman, who is currently starring in 42, where he plays the baseball great Jackie Robinson. Now, keep in mind this is just a rumor at this point and Boseman’s reps have yet to make any comments on the story. The article goes on to speculate that Panther may have a cameo in the upcoming Avengers 2, and then go on to his own solo film. Again, total speculation at this point.

I can’t really comment on Boseman’s skills, as I’ve yet to see him in a film, but there is certainly a lot of buzz around the up-and-coming actor for his portrayal of Aaron. There have been many actors who have showed interest in the role, including Morris Chestnut and if Joss Whedon and Marvel do indeed want the character to show up in the Avengers sequel, then casting would be happening soon, but I’d think they’d do a better job at keeping a secret. For now, we’ll just leave this one as a rumor and see what happens in the coming weeks.

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Source : Latino-Review