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Wesley Snipes Is 'Ecstatic' About Marvel's Black Panther

Blade star Wesley Snipes is absolutely "ecstatic" about Marvel's Black Panther.

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"Excited is definitely not the word," Snipes told Slate. "Overcome, overjoyed, clutch the pearls, I am ecstatic about it. I know what it’s going to do, the impact it's going to have, not only on the minds of the community, but on the industry and the minds of those who are now the new gatekeepers. When they see the money, that’s a wrap. It’s a wrap. It’s inevitable that it opens up new opportunities, it’s like dropping a load of seed in the mud. It’s going to grow. It’s going to grow."

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The actor also discussed his own ill-fated attempt in the 1990s to make a Black Panther movie, and the possibilities permitted by the "digital age" of filmmaking. "It brings the world closer, and then it allows your marketing dollars to travel further," he said. "So, I can’t even imagine what this version of Black Panther would have been 20 years ago when we were talking about it."

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"It’s the right thing, at the right time, and the right occasion," he continued. "For that, that’s the divine will of the most high, and I am always, always submissive to that. Let it be. I feel no sense of loss whatsoever, none. I’m happy, ’cause I know what’s going to happen after this. I know where it’s going. Remember, I was 20 years ahead of the game then, I’m already 20 years ahead of the game now. It ain’t got worse, it got better. I know where this is going."

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Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The Marvel Studios film arrives in theaters on Feb. 16.

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