Following the news of his casting just last week, “The People Vs. OJ Simpson” actor Sterling K. Brown discussed the Marvel movie with The Undefeated. The actor, who is currently starring on NBC’s hit TV series “This is Us,” seemed thrilled at the prospect of not only being in a film this big but also getting to work with a star-studded cast led by director Ryan Coogler. Brown was quick to note the impressive cast Marvel Studios has assembled thus far for the upcoming feature — and in doing so, seemingly confirmed the addition of actress Phylicia Rashad.
“I just worked with Chad on a film called ‘Marshall,’ about Thurgood Marshall,” said Brown. “He’s such a talented human being and a deep soul. He’s the perfect personality to fully inhabit T’Challa. So, to rejoin him, and to work with Academy Award winners… to be with Michael B. Jordan after the incredible work he’s done in ‘Creed.’ Danai Gurira, Phylicia Rashad, Forest Whitaker — like, it’s embarrassing.”
Rashad, who has not been formally announced by Marvel Studios as being part of the cast, is the second cast member from “Creed” to reteam with Coogler for the upcoming film. Last year, it was confirmed that frequent collaborator — and a member of Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot — would be joining the cast as the film’s main villain, Erik Killmonger. Unfortunately, as this bit of news wasn’t released through Marvel, it’s hard to know just who Rashad is playing. Additionally, after the news of Rashad’s involvement spread, the story at The Undefeated has since been edited to remove Rashad’s name.
As for Brown, getting to be a part of this movie is a dream come true. He’s been a fan of the comics for some time and was excited to see Chadwick Boseman make his Marvel Cinematic Universe in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War.”
“I was reading Reginald Hudlin’s series of the ‘Black Panther’ 10 or 12 years ago and I remember loving it. A friend of mine was like, ‘Dude, you should buy the rights.’ I was like, ‘C’mon, man. Ain’t nobody going to do no black superhero movie!’ And here we are, 12 years later,” he explained, when asked what it felt like joining this massive cinematic universe.
Black Panther, which will star Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, as well as Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, is set to hit the big screen on February 16th, 2018.
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