Forest Whitaker joins stacked Black Panther cast

Marvel is absolutely not messing around when it comes to making sure Black Panther is a must-see blockbuster. Forest Whitaker is the latest prominent black star to join the cast. And he’s not the only one announced today.

I’ve been a fan of Whitaker for years. He’s the kind of star that lends serious credibility to any film he joins like the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With Whitaker joining the cast, Black Panther has an Oscar winning Best Actor (Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave).

Interestingly, that makes Black Panther the Marvel film with the most Oscar winning actors.

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In addition to Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya (who was excellent in Sicario) and Florence Kasumba signed on, according to Variety. We’ve already seen Kasumba as Ayo.

She was the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite security force, that threatened Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War. Kaluuya will be playing W’Kabi, one of Black Panther’s confidants.

Black Panther comes to theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. I’m very excited about Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but I’m really starting to be be more anxious for 2018 with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.