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Chadwick Boseman is the latest actor linked with the role of Black Panther

04.14.2014

Back when casting was underway for Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN, everyone was suspected to play the lead, including Armie Hammer. During an interview, Hammer stumbled over his words which many, including myself, read a little too much into as being possible evidence he would be getting the lead role. In the end, Paul Rudd got the lead and the Internet returned to paranoid normalcy. Now, we have another non-denial during an interview, but this time for the yet to be announced role of Black Panther.

During the red carpet for DRAFT DAY, Chadwick Boseman was cornered by Black Tree TV and asked about his various projects including the rumor that he may be in contention for the Marvel hero from Wakanda. He was previously linked to the role about a year ago and since then we have heard a half dozen ore potential contenders, but here he is again. Boseman, like every actor linked to the secretive Marvel, denied it, but he did a pisspoor job of it. Smiling from ear to ear, Boseman said it was just a rumor and shook off the question.

This may be far from an admission, but Boseman is a very hot actor right now. Coming off of his acclaimed turn as Jackie Robinson in 42 and the upcoming James Brown biopic GET ON UP, Boseman fits perfectly into the Marvel mold: young, mildly popular, and likely willing to sign a long term deal. With AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON shooting some scenes in South Africa, many have theorized we may see the Wakandan prince in a cameo, teasing a possible Phase Three solo adventure.

Check out the video below and see if you think Boseman may have given too much away. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON hits theaters May 6, 2015.

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10:30AM on 04/15/2014
i like Boseman, but i'll still be shouting Chiwetel Ejiofor until final casting is announced. he the right age, a fantastic actor, and in great shape. Sadly, i think his recent success with 12 Years A Slave might put him out of Marvel's price range.
i like Boseman, but i'll still be shouting Chiwetel Ejiofor until final casting is announced. he the right age, a fantastic actor, and in great shape. Sadly, i think his recent success with 12 Years A Slave might put him out of Marvel's price range.
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9:52AM on 04/15/2014
I agree with Jedd the Jedi below saying Marvel really screwed up not saving Elba for this. The Black Panther should be older and have a stronger, wiser presence than this Boseman guy. But maybe that's just the comic book lover in me.
I agree with Jedd the Jedi below saying Marvel really screwed up not saving Elba for this. The Black Panther should be older and have a stronger, wiser presence than this Boseman guy. But maybe that's just the comic book lover in me.
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10:42PM on 04/14/2014
I know it's a cliche to say "Idris Elba Idris Elba", but I really think that by casting Elba as Heimdall, Marvel missed the opportunity to have him as Black Panther. He's definitely got that kingly presence about him.
I know it's a cliche to say "Idris Elba Idris Elba", but I really think that by casting Elba as Heimdall, Marvel missed the opportunity to have him as Black Panther. He's definitely got that kingly presence about him.
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4:59PM on 04/14/2014
They should get a white guy to play Black Panther!
They should get a white guy to play Black Panther!
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6:39PM on 04/14/2014
Why?
Why?
8:10PM on 04/14/2014
@blackajo, because they got a black guy to play Human Torch and now the sky is falling.
@blackajo, because they got a black guy to play Human Torch and now the sky is falling.
4:13PM on 04/14/2014
If this guy's already playing Boseman, how can he play a second superhero at the same time?
If this guy's already playing Boseman, how can he play a second superhero at the same time?
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6:04PM on 04/14/2014
I see what you did there. His powers are bringing you quality sound for your home entertainment.
I see what you did there. His powers are bringing you quality sound for your home entertainment.
3:28PM on 04/14/2014
While Marvel is pretty secretive we tend to know which projects they are working on before they start casting. They usually have a filmmaker on board already to help pick the actors. So....grain of salt with this one. Terrance Howard was the only one brought in before a filmmaker (maybe Jeremy Renner too, but he seemed more like a plan B if Downey was unavailable for Avengers)
While Marvel is pretty secretive we tend to know which projects they are working on before they start casting. They usually have a filmmaker on board already to help pick the actors. So....grain of salt with this one. Terrance Howard was the only one brought in before a filmmaker (maybe Jeremy Renner too, but he seemed more like a plan B if Downey was unavailable for Avengers)
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4:26PM on 04/14/2014
I don't think anyone ever considered Renner to step in for Downey. If that conversation has happened yet, in regards to Avengers I don't think Renner would be even one of the top choices.

Renner is still walking on a thin line with Marvel/Disney, talent who speaks negatively about productions don't get the invite back. Ask Norton or read Chris Evans apologizing for suggesting a break or early retirement from acting. Marvel/Disney don't want the actors they feed biting them.
I don't think anyone ever considered Renner to step in for Downey. If that conversation has happened yet, in regards to Avengers I don't think Renner would be even one of the top choices.

Renner is still walking on a thin line with Marvel/Disney, talent who speaks negatively about productions don't get the invite back. Ask Norton or read Chris Evans apologizing for suggesting a break or early retirement from acting. Marvel/Disney don't want the actors they feed biting them.
4:43PM on 04/14/2014
Yea Evans corrects himself quick, fast, and in a hurry after that comment that he made.
Yea Evans corrects himself quick, fast, and in a hurry after that comment that he made.
8:09PM on 04/14/2014
Avengers came together after Downey signed a contract so they didnt have him tied down to Avengers. Thats why he got $50 mill (way more than anyone else) because he had leverage. I honestly believe that they brought in a seasoned player (per in-movie history) who can play snarky in case Downey was unavailable and they didnt have to wait for him. The fact that he played ball is why Renner ends up in a role that wasn't pitched to him (a zombie Hawkeye). Also, I don't think Renner is on a thin
Avengers came together after Downey signed a contract so they didnt have him tied down to Avengers. Thats why he got $50 mill (way more than anyone else) because he had leverage. I honestly believe that they brought in a seasoned player (per in-movie history) who can play snarky in case Downey was unavailable and they didnt have to wait for him. The fact that he played ball is why Renner ends up in a role that wasn't pitched to him (a zombie Hawkeye). Also, I don't think Renner is on a thin line with Disney at all considering both Fiege and Whedon have gone out of their way to name drop him in almost every interview saying "Don't worry, we're making it up to him."
3:14PM on 04/14/2014
I think he would be absolutely perfect for the role. Hope he gets it.
I think he would be absolutely perfect for the role. Hope he gets it.
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