It was announced at Comic-Con that Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) and Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o(12 Years a Slave) will officially join forces again for Marvel’s Black Panther helmed by Creed director Ryan Coogler. Gurira and Nyong’o will star alongside Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan.

Nyong’o will join the Marvel film as Nakia, a woman from a rival village who serves as a bodyguard and potential wife for Black Panther (Boseman). Gurira will join the cast as Okoye, a friend to Nakia and also serves as a bodyguard to the king. It has also been confirmed that Jordan will star as Erik Kilmonger, Black Panther’s nemesis.

Black Panther has been one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe, as he was the first black superhero introduced in mainstream comics. This certainly makes his arrival on the big screen and in his own film extremely significant.

Gurira and Nyong’o recently partnered in the Broadway play Eclipsed, which received a Tony nomination in the Best Play category last month. Eclipsed made history by becoming the first Broadway production to feature an entirely black and female cast and creative team.

Nyong’o will appear next in Disney’s upcoming drama Queen of Katweas the mother of a young Ugandan chess prodigy, and Gurira can be seen next on the big screen in the highly anticipated TuPac biopic titled All Eyez On Me where she will portray the late mother of the late rapper, Afeni Shakur.

Black Panther will begin filming early 2017, and is scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

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