Actor Forest Whitaker has revealed that Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Panther film will boldly go into outer space.
“The action and things are things that we haven’t seen,” Whitaker told Variety. “We’re going to see, not only travel things, but things that take us into outer space and things that take us into the James Bond space. It’s a really unique amalgamation of different things that come together in an exciting way.”
Whitaker also offered up his thoughts on the movie in general. “I think it’s a unique piece. It’s a cultural piece. I think people are waiting to find something new to be able to live in. And this superhero from Africa who’s trying to fix the world is something people have not received before. I think Ryan is a great director, so there’s always going to be some social conscience inside of it.”
Although he’s only seen a little bit of the final product so far, Whitaker said “everybody leaped up to their feet, literally,” after the cast saw a five-minute clip of the movie. “Some of them were in tears,” he continued. “They were so excited about what was actually occurring. So I think that people have that same excitement around the movie, so I’m expecting something great for the cast, something great for the world and something great for Ryan.”
It’s not entirely clear how much of the movie will take place in outer space, or for what reason T’Challa will find himself there.
Whitaker, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland, will play the warrior Zuri in the film.
Arriving in theaters on Feb. 16, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Angela Bassett.
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