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T'Challa is back! Marvel hires a writer for Black Panther

01.20.2011

Welcome back to film news BLACK PANTHER.

Marvel has finally hired a writer for the comic adaptation. Who gets this responsibility? Mark Bailey. It's possible that you have no idea who I'm talking about. Bailey hails from the documentary genre. He wrote the HBO documentary, PANDEMIC: FACING AIDS. Bailey's non-fiction novel, The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon is being developed by Chockstone Productions with Doug Liman attached to direct.

Definitely an interesting choice to say the least. I don't mind fresh perspectives from writers who have experience with different genres. Hell, for all we know, the guy could be a huge comic fan. But that's wishful thinking I suppose.

As we all know, BLACK PANTHER has been tossed around like no other. Back in the early '90's, Columbia Pictures had Wesley Snipes set to star as T'Challa. Snipes even stayed attached when it was set up at Artisan Entertainment. You remember Artisan? The housed films like REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. You went to see that movie when you were 12. It scared you, now you won't admit it to anyone. It's okay, I know you're hardcore. Artisan at the time had quite a few Marvel properties in development. Marvel got the rights to PANTHER back in 2005, when it absorbed a host of character licenses from Lionsgate, which bought Artisan in 2003.

There were also rumors a couple of years ago that Djimon Hounsou would star as the character. That eventually went bust as well.

T'Challa has a rather extensive background. I'll leave you with some info from Marvel, if you want more head here.

"T'Challa is heir to the centuries-old ruling dynasty of the African kingdom Wakanda, and ritual leader of its Panther Clan. His mother died in childbirth, earning him the enduring hatred of his adopted elder brother, Hunter, who also resented T'Challa for supplanting him in the royal household. Hunter would become the White Wolf, leader of the Hatut Zeraze (Dogs of War), the Wakandan secret police. Their father T'Chaka remarried, but his second wife, Ramonda, seemingly ran away with another man when T'Challa was eight. When T'Challa was a teenager, T'Chaka was murdered by Klaw, a Dutchman seeking to plunder the rare Vibranium metal unique to Wakanda, but T'Challa used Klaw's own weapon to maim him and drive him off. T'Challa studied in Europe and America, then underwent ritual trials in Wakanda - including defeating his uncle S'yan, the existing Black Panther - to win the heart-shaped herb, enhancing his abilities and linking him spiritually to the Panther God Bast. Now Wakanda's ruler as the Black Panther, he disbanded and exiled the Hatut Zeraze and continued transforming his country into a high-tech wonderland. When tribal war broke out, T'Challa restored peace by condemning the Jabari tribe, and by picking Dora Milaje ("Adored Ones") from rival tribes to serve as his personal guard and ceremonial wives-in-training."

Extra Tidbit: Who would you choose to play BLACK PANTHER? Djimon Hounsou? Or someone else? Hounsou is getting close to 50. We may have to count him out. The guy is pretty ripped though for his age.
Source: THR

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1:31PM on 01/22/2011
I say Robert Downey Jr..

Or Carey Mulligan.
I say Robert Downey Jr..

Or Carey Mulligan.
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8:26PM on 01/21/2011

A note on that tidbit...

So? Djimon Honsou is near 50. Danny Trejo is 66, and probably has more stamina than a 22 year old; moreover, an 'older' actor will bring maturity(i.e. depth) to role. My picks: Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Djimon Honsou, Adewale....so many out there.
So? Djimon Honsou is near 50. Danny Trejo is 66, and probably has more stamina than a 22 year old; moreover, an 'older' actor will bring maturity(i.e. depth) to role. My picks: Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Djimon Honsou, Adewale....so many out there.
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2:16PM on 01/21/2011

Theres only one choice

Anthony Mackie, guys a great young actor and has been great in everything ive seen him in, and i think he would mix well with RDJ, Hemsworth and Evans
Anthony Mackie, guys a great young actor and has been great in everything ive seen him in, and i think he would mix well with RDJ, Hemsworth and Evans
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11:28AM on 01/21/2011
There is only one man that comes to mind: PHOENIX JONES!the Guardian of Seattle. [link]
There is only one man that comes to mind: PHOENIX JONES!the Guardian of Seattle. [link]
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9:41AM on 01/21/2011

Stringer Bell!

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
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8:20AM on 01/21/2011
Djimon Hounsou.
Djimon Hounsou.
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7:51AM on 01/21/2011
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8:19PM on 01/21/2011
Just like race was important with: Kingpin, Superman, Batman, etc...
Just like race was important with: Kingpin, Superman, Batman, etc...
12:58AM on 01/21/2011
I like Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Was the first name that popped in my head.
I like Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Was the first name that popped in my head.
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12:53AM on 01/21/2011
Terminal 83 is right on the mark! Watch Serenity and tell me Chiwetel Ejiofor isn't the PERFECT Black Panther!
Terminal 83 is right on the mark! Watch Serenity and tell me Chiwetel Ejiofor isn't the PERFECT Black Panther!
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8:19AM on 01/21/2011
He'd definitely be a fantastic choice. Children of Men, baby!!!
He'd definitely be a fantastic choice. Children of Men, baby!!!
11:12PM on 01/20/2011

Hmmm

I wouldn't mind seeing Idris Elba.
I wouldn't mind seeing Idris Elba.
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9:36PM on 01/20/2011
What about Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje? Or is he forever tainted for being in G.I. Joe? Of course I think there's a new law stating nobody but Idris Elba can play him . . . LOL
What about Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje? Or is he forever tainted for being in G.I. Joe? Of course I think there's a new law stating nobody but Idris Elba can play him . . . LOL
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10:42PM on 01/20/2011
Akinnuoye-Agbaje actually said a couple years ago he'd want the role, if they were to offer it.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje actually said a couple years ago he'd want the role, if they were to offer it.
9:21PM on 01/20/2011

MJW

Michael Jai White for sure, he'd be awesome at this.
Michael Jai White for sure, he'd be awesome at this.
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10:30PM on 01/20/2011
Save Michael Jai White-for the role of Luke Cage,Power Man! some sweet day...
Save Michael Jai White-for the role of Luke Cage,Power Man! some sweet day...
8:59PM on 01/20/2011

Isaach De Bankolé

Built. African. Face filled with character. Needs a leading role. Give it to him.
Built. African. Face filled with character. Needs a leading role. Give it to him.
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9:41PM on 01/20/2011
I like him too, but he's 53, even older than Djimon Hounsou.
I like him too, but he's 53, even older than Djimon Hounsou.
10:34PM on 01/20/2011
I never realized he was that old; no matter.
I never realized he was that old; no matter.
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8:59PM on 01/20/2011
Jayden Smith.
i whip my tail
i whip my tail.
Jayden Smith.
i whip my tail
i whip my tail.
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8:56PM on 01/20/2011
Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White
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8:55PM on 01/20/2011

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Ejiofor is a fantastic actor in need of his big starring role. This should be it.
Ejiofor is a fantastic actor in need of his big starring role. This should be it.
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8:09PM on 01/20/2011

Sebastien Foucan

Sebastien Foucan is a the first bad guy in Casino Royale, he jumps here and here in an amazing chase with Daniel Craig. Sebastien Foucan is young, black, very athletic, he created Free Running and he's one of the Parkour founders. He is born to play T'Challa !!!

Sebastien Foucan is a the first bad guy in Casino Royale, he jumps here and here in an amazing chase with Daniel Craig. Sebastien Foucan is young, black, very athletic, he created Free Running and he's one of the Parkour founders. He is born to play T'Challa !!!

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7:57PM on 01/20/2011

Anthony Mackie

I think he'd be good for Luke Cage or Black Panther.
I think he'd be good for Luke Cage or Black Panther.
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7:52PM on 01/20/2011

Yeah, I'm with elmariachi

Chiwetel would make a great T'Challa.

Djimon Hounsou seems more fit for T'Challa's father than anything else or a rival tribe leader.
Chiwetel would make a great T'Challa.

Djimon Hounsou seems more fit for T'Challa's father than anything else or a rival tribe leader.
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7:17PM on 01/20/2011

Chiwetel Ejiofor...

The Operative from Serenity.
The Operative from Serenity.
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7:17PM on 01/20/2011
what about Denzel Washington? It's about time he gets in a superhero movie.
what about Denzel Washington? It's about time he gets in a superhero movie.
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9:13PM on 01/20/2011
He's getting a bit too old and doughy. I'd certainly have seen him in Batman ten years ago, however.
He's getting a bit too old and doughy. I'd certainly have seen him in Batman ten years ago, however.
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