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Is Chadwick Boseman the new frontrunner to take on the role of Black Panther?

May. 1, 2013by: Paul Shirey

A few weeks back, actor Morris Chestnut sent out some cryptic Tweets that implied some type of involvement or potential involvement with Marvel's Black Panther, be it a solo film or as part of one of the phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, Latino Review is reporting that another actor is in contention for the role: Chadwick Boseman, who is currently "knocking it out of the park" in 42 with Harrison Ford. The site reports that Boseman is the frontrunner, but that "Marvel is taking general meetings with actors for not only this role but other roles as well."

So, Boseman isn't officially in just yet, but on the short list. This may seem a bit redundant, but what I take this as is that Marvel is absolutely moving forward with bringing the Black Panther to the big screen in one form or another. If I was a betting man, my money would be on THE AVENGERS 2, which is prepping to start shooting early next year, with a number of different characters being rumored to join the already established team. Seeing as the slate is full for phase two in terms of solo films and phase 3 taking shape with DR. STRANGE and ANT-MAN, I think it's a safe bet that we'll see Black Panther in a group film before a solo one. Pure speculation, of course, but that's my thinking.

What do you guys think? Is Boseman a better choice than Chestnut? Is there someone better than both?

Extra Tidbit: No points for saying idris Elba would be perfect. He's quickly becoming the black Nathan Fillion.
Source: Latino Review

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12:48AM on 01/18/2014

Rex Baker should be Black Panther!

Rex Baker is the perfect man for this role. Have you seen this guy? He is exactly what Marvel needs for this role! Rex Baker should be the Black Panther! Look him up on IMDB! He is amazing.
Rex Baker is the perfect man for this role. Have you seen this guy? He is exactly what Marvel needs for this role! Rex Baker should be the Black Panther! Look him up on IMDB! He is amazing.
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10:01PM on 06/27/2013

Rex Baker

This up and coming Actor would fit the role perfectly... Look him up on IMDB.. Rex Baker.
This up and coming Actor would fit the role perfectly... Look him up on IMDB.. Rex Baker.
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5:23PM on 05/02/2013

not bad

Better than Chestnut...
But I'm still for Boris Kodjoe...
Or some white, blond guy with blue eyes...
WHAT ? They want a black Johnny Storm, do why not a white Black Panther ?
Both things are equally ridiculous, after all...
Better than Chestnut...
But I'm still for Boris Kodjoe...
Or some white, blond guy with blue eyes...
WHAT ? They want a black Johnny Storm, do why not a white Black Panther ?
Both things are equally ridiculous, after all...
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8:02PM on 05/01/2013

chiwetel ejiofor

Pretty sure I butchered the name but he's a hell of an actor.
Pretty sure I butchered the name but he's a hell of an actor.
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8:01PM on 05/01/2013
How about Robert Downey Jr?
< / sarcasm >
How about Robert Downey Jr?
< / sarcasm >
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8:00PM on 05/01/2013

chiwetel ejiofor

Pretty sure I butchered the name but he's a hell of an actor.
Pretty sure I butchered the name but he's a hell of an actor.
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8:03PM on 05/01/2013
Agreed. Seen Red Belt? Great movie.

However, I'm sure Marvel would probably want to cast a tad younger.
Agreed. Seen Red Belt? Great movie.

However, I'm sure Marvel would probably want to cast a tad younger.
7:28PM on 05/01/2013
I like Jacky Ido from Inglourious Basterds.
He seems sympathetic.
I like Jacky Ido from Inglourious Basterds.
He seems sympathetic.
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6:32PM on 05/01/2013
I think it's dumb how people just throw out actors who already have roles in Marvel films? Idris Elba is already in Thor, and Anthony Mackie is already in Captain America 2. I could see either Morris Chestnut or Cahdwick Boseman playing Black Panther, like I said I am just glad Black Panter will finally be in a movie & get his own.
I think it's dumb how people just throw out actors who already have roles in Marvel films? Idris Elba is already in Thor, and Anthony Mackie is already in Captain America 2. I could see either Morris Chestnut or Cahdwick Boseman playing Black Panther, like I said I am just glad Black Panter will finally be in a movie & get his own.
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6:17PM on 05/01/2013

TIDBIT

idris Elba IS the black Nathan [link]
idris Elba IS the black Nathan [link]
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4:48PM on 05/01/2013

Anthony Mackie

Just throwing his name out there. He could be good.
Just throwing his name out there. He could be good.
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5:55PM on 05/01/2013
he's good but Marvel already have him signed up as The Falcon in Cap 2.
he's good but Marvel already have him signed up as The Falcon in Cap 2.
4:45PM on 05/01/2013
He'd have to bulk up.

I've said on here a million times that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is my choice.
He'd have to bulk up.

I've said on here a million times that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is my choice.
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4:36PM on 05/01/2013

Hmm this could be a close one

Well the guy def looks the part but can he act well ? I say michael jai white or Djimon Hounsou plays his dad the former king if they don`t pick Boseman i`d like John Boyega he`s small time but he did a good job in attack the block and since he`s not well known they can get him for cheap
Well the guy def looks the part but can he act well ? I say michael jai white or Djimon Hounsou plays his dad the former king if they don`t pick Boseman i`d like John Boyega he`s small time but he did a good job in attack the block and since he`s not well known they can get him for cheap
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5:06PM on 05/01/2013
John Boyega is 21 and looks even younger. If he had a few more miles on him, I'd agree but he looks a little too boyish for Black Panther.
John Boyega is 21 and looks even younger. If he had a few more miles on him, I'd agree but he looks a little too boyish for Black Panther.
4:34PM on 05/01/2013

Anthony Mackie

Just throwing his name out there. He could be good.
Just throwing his name out there. He could be good.
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3:59PM on 05/01/2013

Djmon Honsou or Elba ...hands down!

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4:27PM on 05/01/2013
Idris Elba already plays Heimdall.
Idris Elba already plays Heimdall.
3:40PM on 05/01/2013
I could get behind Boseman as Black Panther, I think he would fit the role nicely. Not really down with Morris Chestnut, I don't think he's a strong enough actor to be the lead in a Marvel film. Perhaps make him a supporting character like BP's father or other clansmen? But not the lead. And aside from the fact that Idris Elba would be perfect for the role, I don't really know who I would say would say is a great choice for the role. But is it me or does it seem a little racist to assume
I could get behind Boseman as Black Panther, I think he would fit the role nicely. Not really down with Morris Chestnut, I don't think he's a strong enough actor to be the lead in a Marvel film. Perhaps make him a supporting character like BP's father or other clansmen? But not the lead. And aside from the fact that Idris Elba would be perfect for the role, I don't really know who I would say would say is a great choice for the role. But is it me or does it seem a little racist to assume that any black actor that takes a meeting with Marvel is automatically in talks to play Black Panther? Who knows, maybe they're going to pull a War Machine/Hulk and recast Falcon for the Avengers?
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3:11PM on 05/01/2013
Boseman is a good call in my book. I agree with 90% of the world that Elba would be my first choice, but this is a marked improvement over Chestnut, who is not a bad actor by an means, but not who I would like to see as Black Panther.
Boseman is a good call in my book. I agree with 90% of the world that Elba would be my first choice, but this is a marked improvement over Chestnut, who is not a bad actor by an means, but not who I would like to see as Black Panther.
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2:59PM on 05/01/2013

off topic but... omg

nathan fillion as hal jordan and idris elba as john stewart in the SAME green lantern movie. that sounds like a thing, right?
nathan fillion as hal jordan and idris elba as john stewart in the SAME green lantern movie. that sounds like a thing, right?
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2:51PM on 05/01/2013
I either want Djimon Hounsou or Idris Elba for Black Panther. And yes I know Elba is already in a Marvel film. I believe his part was small enough that no one would know the difference except us hardcore film fans.

If not, then maybe Marvel should finally cast John Krasinski! I mean he was almost Captain America and Star Lord.
I either want Djimon Hounsou or Idris Elba for Black Panther. And yes I know Elba is already in a Marvel film. I believe his part was small enough that no one would know the difference except us hardcore film fans.

If not, then maybe Marvel should finally cast John Krasinski! I mean he was almost Captain America and Star Lord.
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2:27PM on 05/01/2013

Iv said it once

Ill say it again, but Djimon Hounsou should be Black Panther. But i think this guy would be good.
Ill say it again, but Djimon Hounsou should be Black Panther. But i think this guy would be good.
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2:16PM on 05/01/2013

Boseman is a great improvement to Chestnut...

...but the Black Panther must be played by Michael Jai White.
...but the Black Panther must be played by Michael Jai White.
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2:54PM on 05/01/2013
JUST NO! Michael Jai White sucks. He's got muscles and can fight, but he can't act
JUST NO! Michael Jai White sucks. He's got muscles and can fight, but he can't act
3:04PM on 05/01/2013
thumbing that up for the Michael Jai White love, but after some consideration I think he's the wrong choice. He has the physical requirements, but I want a better actor.
thumbing that up for the Michael Jai White love, but after some consideration I think he's the wrong choice. He has the physical requirements, but I want a better actor.
4:16PM on 05/01/2013
MJW would be fucking awful in this part. He is a terrible actor, bro.
MJW would be fucking awful in this part. He is a terrible actor, bro.
7:59PM on 05/01/2013
As an actor, Michael Jai White is beyond ridiculous (in a bad way). Go watch Spawn again if you don't believe me.
As an actor, Michael Jai White is beyond ridiculous (in a bad way). Go watch Spawn again if you don't believe me.
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