Casting the Black Panther Movie (Part 1)

Who should play the King of Wakanda? That’s a question that keeps popping up in my mind ever since the last bit of speculation came about. It got me thinking,  Christopher Priest fans will want one thing, Hudlin fans another. Those of us who enjoyed both runs want another and the casual fans who never bought a comic but have opinions up the wazoo about every Black character ever created want, you guessed it SOMETHING else!

So here is where I throw my opinion in the ring 🙂 be sure to let me know in the comments below who you would cast in the Black Panther Movie.

Who is the Black Panther? Shoot me, but only D’jmonn Honsou can be Black Panther in my eyes in fact BLACK PANTHER SHOULD BE PLAYED BY AN AFRICAN ACTOR.  I am one of those purists who think anything else would just be irreverent BS. Cast an unknown if you so feel inclined  but honestly Jai white while a great fighter I don’t see him pulling of being king of Wakanda on the Big screen. Sorry!

As Reggie Hudlin put it, here’s an African actor famous in America who not only looks like a superhero but can act as well.

With the king out of the way who are his support staff? For uncle S’yan a former Black Panther himself, Denzel Washington is a dead ringer. His range will also allow for a convincing African accent. None of that Cliched campy BS we always get when Americans try a Jamaican/African/French accent  🙁

Villains? Oh lord I love me some Eric Killmonger and another dead ringer adewale akinnuoye-agbaje.

He wants to be T’challa but dude a casual glance screams bad guy! I like him throw on dreads and hit the gym and he’s the living breathing Eric Killmonger!

Man Ape– Now honestly calling a Black man “Man Ape” is bound to have those sensitive types screaming, hooting and hollering racism on both sides of the fence. So let’s call him the white Gorilla and be done with it.

My man Michael Clark Duncan is a huge guy , 6 ft 5 is my pick or even Kevin Grevioux of underworld fam! Both would be convincing as the super strong, huge towering dude who really does not need many lines since he’s a big dumb lumox 🙂

And there you have it my cast for the major players of the Black Panther movie! What do you think? Who would you cast?!

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16 thoughts on “Casting the Black Panther Movie (Part 1)

  • August 21, 2011 at 12:27 am
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    Djimon is good, but @ 47 I think he’s a little too old for the role. I know he’s still in great shape, but I’d still feel safer with someone a little younger in order to star in a possible trilogy over 6 years, which is what I’d plan for. Djimon could play T’Chaka in flashbacks.

    For T’Challa I’d go with Chiwetel Ejiofor who is a great actor (with Nigerian parents). I don’t know how buff he is, but they can stick him in the gym for 3 months before the first film, give him the Christian Bale workout plan, and I’m sure he’ll be fine.

    I think the first film should be based on Reggie Hudlin’s first comic-book arc, Who Is Black Panther, that’s a perfect template for an origin movie. So we wouldn’t need Killmonger or Man-Ape yet, but I’d get Russell Crowe for Klaw.

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    • November 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm
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      I think you nailed it with Chiwetel Ejiofor casted as Blank Panther.. A Push will be for Idris Elba… But I think Idris Elba’ big franchise should be as a new James Bond.. He’ll kill that role!

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  • August 21, 2011 at 12:38 am
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    You hit it on all them Damn i don’t see why that don’t go thru

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  • August 21, 2011 at 2:03 am
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    These would be the best picks this Movie would be off the hook I just pray they don’t hack it up to much

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  • August 21, 2011 at 3:22 am
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    Peace Family!
    I agree with all of your choices except the role of T’Challa. Mr.Honsou would have been absolutly perfect for the part about 10 or 15 years ago. However, I do agree that the role must be cast with an African actor. Alas I am not up on my African actors so I will eagerly await the upcomming suggestions.

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  • August 21, 2011 at 11:50 am
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    D’jmonn Honsou is too old to play T’Challa

    T’Challa is a young Prince. the actors i would consider is Elijah Kelley, Aldis Hodge or even Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Denzel Washington to play King T’Chaka

    if you do a Black Panther movie you need a love interest you cant use Storm since shes owned by FOX Studio. thats why Monica Lynne should be used in this movie.

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  • August 22, 2011 at 12:41 am
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    Djimon is to old now so the rock

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    • August 22, 2011 at 6:46 am
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      The Rock doesn’t look even remotely African. You might as well just get Will Smith, @ least he’d guarantee a huge box office.

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  • May 29, 2012 at 12:10 am
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    look this is the way it should be the black panther movie should go like this king Chaka should be played by djimon hounsou and T’Challa the black panther should be played by aldis hodge. If Disney does this they need to find away to make a contract with fox to get storm who i feel should be played by i feel should be naomi campbell. Man Ape should be portrayed by michael clark ducan and should have daniel craig play as ulysses klaw and have samuel l jackson should play nick fury and find away to get the black panther join the avengers for their sequel in 2015.

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    • May 29, 2012 at 1:26 am
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      They’ll never get Storm. And if they did, I wouldn’t want Naomi Campbell. I’d go with Nona Gaye.

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  • August 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm
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    Michael Jai White As T’Challa
    Avery Brooks or Lawrence Fishburn as T’Chaka

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  • March 30, 2013 at 3:11 am
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    Check out my list, black panther-Aldiss Hodge, Bashenga- Sidney Poitier,Azzari the wise- Morgan freeman,T’chaka-Adewale Akinnuoye,S’yan-Wesley Snipes,Ramonda- Regina King,Shuri-Teyana Taylor,T’shan-Anthony Mackie, Storm- Tika Sumpter and the Dora Milaje will be none other than Venus and Serena Williams!

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  • October 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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    I think we’ve just found “THE PERFECT” Black Panther! None other than the brotha from the soap opera General Hospital,Shawn Blakemore!

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