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Lil Romeo, Anthony Mackie talk starring role in Marvel's Black Panther film

Jun. 27, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Marvel's 2014 release that is still unnamed is likely going to be Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN or possibly the long-rumored BLACK PANTHER film. With the success of THE AVENGERS and the projected box office numbers for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, the rumor mill has begun heating up with who would be a good fit for the role of the King of Wakanda.

In a recent interview, former rapper/basketball player/Dancing With the Stars contestant and actor Percy "Lil Romeo" Miller claims he was contacted by Paramount for the lead role of T'Challa, the Black Panther.

"I remember that before Jumping the Broom got released, there were some producers were talking about shopping the script to some people and I was one of the people they contacted and was asked if it was something I would be interested in," he said. "You never know. I definitely want to take in and be the next big action hero. That may be something that's cool."

While I hold nothing against Lil Romeo (except his name), I don't think he has enough star power to launch a major superhero film, especially if Marvel intends to integrate the character in with future AVENGERS sequels.

In a separate interview, Anthony Mackie (THE HURT LOCKER, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) stated he would definitely be up for the role.

"If Black Panther is made into a movie, I would love for it to be along the lines of Batman. It has to be an adult action hero. I would love to be a part of it, though, and I would sign on to it today."

While Mackie certainly has the acting chops, he may not be quite marquee enough to carry the film. But, if BLACK PANTHER can premiere in THE AVENGERS 2, then the world may be better prepared for him to get his own spin-off.

Who would you cast as the star of BLACK PANTHER?

Extra Tidbit: I would put my vote in for Chiwetel Ejiofor for the role. He may be a little older than the target age, but he is a great actor.

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4:34PM on 06/29/2012

Michael Jai White or djimon honsou

These are the only two who could pull off real action hero shit the only one who doesn't have the real power but can play the role is iris elba and chitty bang bang (chiwetel) is not the right fit damn good actor but not what black panther is suppose to be. This will be a hero for the black kids to look up to so they gotta make it right.
These are the only two who could pull off real action hero shit the only one who doesn't have the real power but can play the role is iris elba and chitty bang bang (chiwetel) is not the right fit damn good actor but not what black panther is suppose to be. This will be a hero for the black kids to look up to so they gotta make it right.
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8:59AM on 06/29/2012

Michael C Jordan

I don't know how young they're trying to cast but what about Michael C Jordan from Chronicle or I also heard that The Old Spice Guy wanted Black Panter.
I don't know how young they're trying to cast but what about Michael C Jordan from Chronicle or I also heard that The Old Spice Guy wanted Black Panter.
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5:19PM on 06/28/2012
double post. I love the new look of the site hope this gets problem taken care of soon.
double post. I love the new look of the site hope this gets problem taken care of soon.
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5:11PM on 06/28/2012
I'm sure Mackie would pull off a great suprise performance but my number one pick would be Peter Mensah. I know he's not pretty but that's exactly what would make him a badass.
I'm sure Mackie would pull off a great suprise performance but my number one pick would be Peter Mensah. I know he's not pretty but that's exactly what would make him a badass.
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2:01PM on 06/28/2012
Just cast Idris Elba.
Just cast Idris Elba.
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8:48AM on 06/28/2012
Idris Elba.
Just so he can be in 3 Marvel movies as different characters.
Idris Elba.
Just so he can be in 3 Marvel movies as different characters.
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8:32AM on 06/28/2012

who else...

What do we need?
Black actor, handsome, tall, athletic, who can ACT, who can pass for a PRINCE, who can do action...
Sorry, but for me only one name comes to my mind:
Boris Kodjoe !
What do we need?
Black actor, handsome, tall, athletic, who can ACT, who can pass for a PRINCE, who can do action...
Sorry, but for me only one name comes to my mind:
Boris Kodjoe !
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2:50AM on 06/28/2012

Terry Crews yo

i'm sorry but Terry Crews as Black Panther would be sick...and pretty damn funny.
i'm sorry but Terry Crews as Black Panther would be sick...and pretty damn funny.
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1:42AM on 06/28/2012
LIL fucking romeo, r u serious? ya Anthony mackie makes more sense, but why not Idris Elba?
LIL fucking romeo, r u serious? ya Anthony mackie makes more sense, but why not Idris Elba?
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1:33AM on 06/28/2012
If there is one thing I have learned over the past few years with Marvel is that they have forced me to trust them, even when I hear a name like Lil Romeo for the role of Black Panther. They seem to have flair for finding the right actors. Even when they at first don't seem like a good choice.
One thing's for certain, it's a good thing Fox isn't making a Black Panther movie, or we'd probably end up with one of the Wayans as T'Challa.

P.S. If I had to choose I'd go with Anthony
If there is one thing I have learned over the past few years with Marvel is that they have forced me to trust them, even when I hear a name like Lil Romeo for the role of Black Panther. They seem to have flair for finding the right actors. Even when they at first don't seem like a good choice.
One thing's for certain, it's a good thing Fox isn't making a Black Panther movie, or we'd probably end up with one of the Wayans as T'Challa.

P.S. If I had to choose I'd go with Anthony Mackie.
P.P.S. While we're on the subject of black superheroes, someone PLEASE get Isaiah Mustafa to play Luke Cage asap thank you!
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12:24AM on 06/28/2012
Tyler Perry.... *POW!* I'm sorry I'm sorry!

Honestly, I don't see anyone else other than Djimon Hounsou. Don't care how old he is! Wesley Snipes wouldn't have been so bad either, if he wasn't already Blade and still in jail.
Tyler Perry.... *POW!* I'm sorry I'm sorry!

Honestly, I don't see anyone else other than Djimon Hounsou. Don't care how old he is! Wesley Snipes wouldn't have been so bad either, if he wasn't already Blade and still in jail.
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12:09AM on 06/28/2012
Chiwetel Ejiofor oh YES!!!!
Honestly, Marvel has to make Black Panther next. That is one kick ass character.
Chiwetel Ejiofor oh YES!!!!
Honestly, Marvel has to make Black Panther next. That is one kick ass character.
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12:00AM on 06/28/2012
Either Michael Jai White or Chiwetel Ejiofor, IMO. Michael Jai White gets more of a nod because he has the martial arts background (8 black belts!) and he can headline a film (Spawn and Black Dynamite).
Either Michael Jai White or Chiwetel Ejiofor, IMO. Michael Jai White gets more of a nod because he has the martial arts background (8 black belts!) and he can headline a film (Spawn and Black Dynamite).
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11:38PM on 06/27/2012
isn't Marvel owned by Disney? Why would Paramount contact him. Does Paramount have the rights to Black Panther for some reason?
isn't Marvel owned by Disney? Why would Paramount contact him. Does Paramount have the rights to Black Panther for some reason?
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8:33AM on 06/28/2012
From the sound of it, it could have happened around the time of the acquisition so Paramount might still have been involved. . They probably had a treatment that made it into the hands of every black actor between the ages of 18 and 35 which also means Lil Romeo isnt really being considered thank god.
From the sound of it, it could have happened around the time of the acquisition so Paramount might still have been involved. . They probably had a treatment that made it into the hands of every black actor between the ages of 18 and 35 which also means Lil Romeo isnt really being considered thank god.
11:12PM on 06/27/2012
for the love of God, if out of these two, choose Anthony Mackie.
for the love of God, if out of these two, choose Anthony Mackie.
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11:11PM on 06/27/2012
No more shitty actor wannabees in key roles. If Percy wants to play a small, non-speaking role in the movie, great, otherwise leave the leading man material to men that can act. If not Chiwetel Ejiofor, then my second choice is Michael Jai White.
No more shitty actor wannabees in key roles. If Percy wants to play a small, non-speaking role in the movie, great, otherwise leave the leading man material to men that can act. If not Chiwetel Ejiofor, then my second choice is Michael Jai White.
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8:29AM on 06/28/2012
Michael Jai White? Talk about shitty actor wannabees.
Michael Jai White? Talk about shitty actor wannabees.
6:17PM on 06/28/2012
cerealkiller, anyone who can do the comedy spoofs of 70's blacksplotation movies so on the nose like White did in Black Dynamite (which he also wrote), can act. Comedy is hard, action isn't.
cerealkiller, anyone who can do the comedy spoofs of 70's blacksplotation movies so on the nose like White did in Black Dynamite (which he also wrote), can act. Comedy is hard, action isn't.
9:39PM on 06/28/2012
I disagree. Not that comedy is hard, but that spoofing Shaft makes him a good actor.
I disagree. Not that comedy is hard, but that spoofing Shaft makes him a good actor.
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10:52PM on 06/27/2012
Anyone else feel that Gary Oldman should also do a video about Rappers, and Singers getting into the acting industry?

Cause i think that would be fantastic!
Anyone else feel that Gary Oldman should also do a video about Rappers, and Singers getting into the acting industry?

Cause i think that would be fantastic!
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10:43PM on 06/27/2012
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje all the way for me.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje all the way for me.
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9:45PM on 06/27/2012

Yes!

Anthony Mackie was the first person I thought of for a Black Panther movie. Idris Elba could do a good job as well. Lil Romeo . . . uhhhhhh . . . what?
Anthony Mackie was the first person I thought of for a Black Panther movie. Idris Elba could do a good job as well. Lil Romeo . . . uhhhhhh . . . what?
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8:18PM on 06/27/2012
Avery Brooks- Yes, he's old, yes normal audiences don't know who the hell he is- I don't care. Avery Brooks would be perfect.
Avery Brooks- Yes, he's old, yes normal audiences don't know who the hell he is- I don't care. Avery Brooks would be perfect.
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8:16PM on 06/27/2012
Romeo would be a bad casting choice. I agree with everyone choosing Idris Elba, he would be a good fit as Black Panther or if Marvel decides to reboot Blade which wouldn't be a bad idea as well...dood is ready to have his starring role.
Romeo would be a bad casting choice. I agree with everyone choosing Idris Elba, he would be a good fit as Black Panther or if Marvel decides to reboot Blade which wouldn't be a bad idea as well...dood is ready to have his starring role.
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8:11PM on 06/27/2012

Gladiator

My vote is for Djimon Hounsou - might be a little too old, but he's got the talent and build.
My vote is for Djimon Hounsou - might be a little too old, but he's got the talent and build.
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5:18PM on 06/28/2012
and just like Michael Jai White I've never seen him out of shape. Nice!
and just like Michael Jai White I've never seen him out of shape. Nice!
8:08PM on 06/27/2012
Anthony Mackie would be a great choice and I would love to see Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role too. The ultimate pick would be Idris Elba (I don't care if he was in Thor.....execluding us fanboys, the general audience would have no idea that it would be the same actor playing two different roles in the same superhero universe). Either of those three picks, and I will be happy.
Anthony Mackie would be a great choice and I would love to see Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role too. The ultimate pick would be Idris Elba (I don't care if he was in Thor.....execluding us fanboys, the general audience would have no idea that it would be the same actor playing two different roles in the same superhero universe). Either of those three picks, and I will be happy.
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7:56PM on 06/27/2012
Jamie Foxx would be the best choice, you know he can act and his name would carry the movie.
Jamie Foxx would be the best choice, you know he can act and his name would carry the movie.
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7:52PM on 06/27/2012
HELL NO! to Romeo. If they had any sense they would chose Chiwetel Ejiofor. It would be a perfect way to lure Whedon back to direct Avengers 2. Whedon loves the guy. If anyone doesn't know who he is, just go watch Serenity, based on Firefly. He was simply amazing.
HELL NO! to Romeo. If they had any sense they would chose Chiwetel Ejiofor. It would be a perfect way to lure Whedon back to direct Avengers 2. Whedon loves the guy. If anyone doesn't know who he is, just go watch Serenity, based on Firefly. He was simply amazing.
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7:24PM on 06/27/2012
Either Morris Chestnut or LL Cool J have the chops, size and build to tackle the role.
Either Morris Chestnut or LL Cool J have the chops, size and build to tackle the role.
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8:04PM on 06/27/2012
LL Cool J???? Do you want this film to flop?
LL Cool J???? Do you want this film to flop?
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7:11PM on 06/27/2012
Idris Elba would be the perfect choice. Perfect. Anyone that says he can't do it because of what amounts to a cameo in Thor is a fucking idiot.
Idris Elba would be the perfect choice. Perfect. Anyone that says he can't do it because of what amounts to a cameo in Thor is a fucking idiot.
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7:02PM on 06/27/2012

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Ejiofor would indeed be a great choice. Or they could just cast Terrence Howard and confuse the shit out of everybody.
Ejiofor would indeed be a great choice. Or they could just cast Terrence Howard and confuse the shit out of everybody.
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