Omar’s comin’, and he has his eye on Marvel’s Black Panther.
Michael K. Williams, best known for his portrayals of Omar Little on The Wire and Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire, reveals that while he hasn’t been approached yet about a starring role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he definitely has those ambitions.
“And I’m saying ‘yet’ with a lot of emphasis,” the actor tells Cinema Blend. “But hopefully I’m looking forward to being apart of the franchise.”
Asked which character he’d like to play, Williams, who grew up reading comics, smiled and said “Black Panther.” “Yeah, definitely.”
The actor actually had a cameo as a Harlem bystander in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, a part written for him by Edward Norton, a fan of The Wire. But what would he bring to the role of Black Panther?
“It would depend on the script,” he teased. “I would definitely bring that quintessential New York City edge. You know, just a little bit of that grit.”
Williams brings some of that grit to his next project, Kill the Messenger, which stars Marvel veteran Jeremy Renner. The thriller opens Oct. 10.
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