It's been an exciting few weeks for fans of Marvel's Black Panther, following Chadwick Boseman' MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, along with new cast members being added to the stand alone movie. We have recently reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Lupita Nyong'o is being eyed to play the romantic interest for Chadwick Boseman's T'challa, while Michael B. Jordan has also signed on to star, reuniting with his Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler. Last week, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased that 90% of the Black Panther cast would be comprised of African-American actors. And just yesterday, a new rumor surfaced that John Boyega was being eyed for an unspecified role. Unfortunately, it seems that rumor may not be true after all.
The rumor started when John Boyega posted a photo labeled "Meeting" on his Snapchat account, and shortly thereafter, the actor was followed on Twitter by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Naturally, the actor didn't clarify what he was meeting for, or who he was meeting with, but a report surfaced yesterday that claimed John Boyega was meeting with Marvel for a role in Black Panther. Birth.Movies.Death reached out to three separate sources within Marvel, all of whom stated that John Boyega is not in talks for the Black Panther movie. Each of these unnamed sources agreed that they'd love to work with John Boyega in the future, but it's not happening for Black Panther.
Kevin Feige did confirm last month that Black Panther will start production in early 2017, with director Ryan Coogler working on the script, which was originally written by Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story). Nothing is known about the story for Black Panther yet, but we got our first look at this iconic character's homeland of Wakanda in one of the post credit scenes in Captain America: Civil War. That scene featured The Winter Soldier being voluntarily put into a containment facility in Wakanda, which ended with a glimpse at the lush Wakandan scenery, including a number of massive panther statues.
As for John Boyega, the actor is currently in the U.K. filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, which has already passed the halfway point in the production. The actor will next be seen later this year in the upcoming thriller The Circle, where he stars alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, although a release date has not yet been determined. He will also most likely return as Finn for Star Wars: Episode IX, which is slated for release in 2019. But we don't know when shooting will begin on that highly-anticipated sequel.
We don't know for sure how many more main characters are still needed to fill out the cast, but with several months left until shooting begins, there's still plenty of time left to assemble the full cast. Birth.Movies.Death acknowledges that things may change at Marvel, and the studio may eventually eye John Boyega for some sort of role in Black Panther, but for now, he isn't being sought out. Stay tuned for more updates on Black Panther is we get closer to filming starting in early 3017.