I'm not surprised by this news, assuming it's true. It's a no-brainer actually, for what should be obvious reasons; #1 being that he stars in a sports biopic that's currently in theaters, and doing well given the category it falls under. And since, as we've noted previously, in Hollywood casting decisions, the *who's hot right now* factor is a significant one, who else would really be at the top of Marvel's list for that part right now?
Oh, and he also happens to be an Actor, which I'm thankful for. They could've always gone with an entertainer first, and an actor second.
Our friends at Latino Review are reporting exclusively that 42 star Chadwick Boseman is currently at the top of Marvel's short list of actors to cast in their Black Panther movie - a project that fanboys and girls have been wishing for, for quite some time.
Last we reported on this, Morris Chestnut rejected rumors that he was "in talks" for the role, after fanboys and fangirls were all abuzz over a Facebook and Twitter post he made a few weeks ago.
Latino Review also states that Black Panther just might make an appearance in the upcoming Avengers 2, which would serve as a launch-pad for his own movie franchise.
Once again, I'm not holding my breath for a Black Panther movie. We've already talked about the potential for one to death, and, as I said in a previous post, I've pretty much given up expecting one to happen anytime soon, if at all. Marvel will probably explore every other superhero in its library on film, before we see standalone movies with any of its key black superheroes. Or they'll be supporting/peripheral characters in movies about other non-Black Marvel superheroes.
If they really wanted to make one, given how much lip-service has been given to the possibility over the years, I'd think that they would have done so by now.
But maybe the timing is finally right for them, with Boseman's star-turn in 42. I know for a lot of you, Chiwetel Ejiofor was at the top of your lists; I've also seen support for Djimon Hounsou, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and a few others.