Although she might be best known for playing the katana-swinging Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Danai Gurira is also super-psyched about her upcoming role as the Wakandan royal bodyguard Okoye in Marvel’s “Black Panther.”
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight ahead of her appearance at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in New York City, Gurira emphasized the film’s significance, saying, “I grew up seeing a lot of superheroes and they didn’t look like me, and they certainly weren’t in Africa.”
“I think that it is something great for girls who are like me growing up,” she continued. “Growing up in Africa, we were looking for images we couldn’t always find.”
Addressing the scarcity of black women on screen, Gurira added, “I want to see stories coming from the black female perspective. … We’re at a far better moment than we were at in the past, but there’s a lot of work to be done.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” also stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o. The film opens Feb. 16, 2018.
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