Boseman's Audition for Guardians' Drax Led to Black Panther Casting

Although Dave Bautista has made Guardians of the Galaxy's Drax the Destroyer into a household name, Marvel tested a lot of different performers before settling on the wrestler-turned-actor. The studio put out a wide casting net, and one of the actors brought in to read for the part was none other than the future King of Wakanda, Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman didn't get the part, but that doesn't mean Marvel didn't keep their eye on him. Thanks to a new video clip from Marvel's Expanding the Universe, a bit of Boseman's original Drax audition has been revealed.

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Casting director Sarah Finn, who has cast almost every Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date, talked about how Boseman's audition took an entirely different route for Drax's character. She said Boseman played Drax with an intense regal attitude and brought dignity to the character: all things that just didn't fit with Drax at all. While Bautista ended up with the role, when it came time to cast Black Panther, Finn and the rest of the Marvel executives knew exactly who to call.

The brief snippet also reveals another fun factoid: Lupita Nyong'o was up for the part of Nebula before Karen Gillan got the gig. It goes to show that if an actor isn't right for the part but gives a solid audition, they'll be remembered in the future.

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The Black Panther sequel was officially announced at SDCC in July and is currently in development. Ryan Coogler is returning as writer and director with Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and Martin Freeman reprising their roles from the first movie. The film releases May 6, 2022.

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