G.I. Joe's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to Play Black Panther?
07.27.09 by Ryan
With all the hype surrounding the current slate of Marvel movies at the San Diego Comic-Con, there were others in development that were missed. One such movie is The Black Panther, a superhero hailing from a fictional African nation and a former Avenger as well. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, also well known as Mr. Eko from the TV show Lost, told MTV that he and Marvel are in negotiations over the role:
We're talking to Marvel about Black Panther. This is the first round, so you know, hopefully they'll look at G.I. Joe and see the potential. But it's about time we have a black superhero, isn't it?
Such words have been echoed by Wesley Snipes, who had been developing a Black Panther movie as late as 2006 until his notoriety with Blade put him out of the running.
While The Black Panther certainly has a long history in comics, he would hardly be the first African-American superhero comic adaptation to reach theaters. Doesn't anyone else remember Shaquille O'Neal as Steel?