June 8, 2016


Sounds Like 'Black Panther' Officially Signed Lupita Nyong'o & Michael B. Jordan

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In May, the wonderful word arrived that both Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o were in talks to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe via Black Panther. Now, in a roundabout way, it's been confirmed. "I’m super excited, especially to put a different spin on it," Jordan told the Hollywood Reporter. "I’m looking forward to working with Ryan [Coogler, director] once again. It’s gonna be a good time.”

Then, in a surveyish portion of the interview, Jordan's answer to the question "I can't wait to work with..." is simply "Lupita Nyong'o and Chadwick Boseman." So we'll see you in February 2018, too, Nyong'o!

Coogler has used Jordan as the lead of both his feature films, 2013's Fruitvale Station and last year's Rocky spinoff Creed. Boseman is his star for Black Panther; he previously played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up. He made his Marvel debut in May's excellent Captain America: Civil War, which you can hear the Back of the Class podcast break down (spoilers!) at the 20:50 mark in the episode below: