Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Still Wants to Be the Black Panther
10.11.10 by Ryan
British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known to American audiences as Mr. Eko from the TV show Lost, has been trying to break into more mainstream movies with roles in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and the upcoming Faster and The Thing Prequel. It's the superhero genre that Akinnuoye-Agbaje is really hoping to break into, revealing at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con that he was negotiating for the lead role in a Black Panther adaptation. While no official casting was announced, Akinnuoye-Agbaje spoke to ScreenRant at the 2010 New York Comic-Con and continued to campaign for the title role.
I would love to see that happen, and I think the more we — my people — campaign for that, the more viable it will be. And I mean, obviously appearing in cult-classics and blockbusters all help, we're very much on [Marvel's] radar ... I think it's all about campaigning, I'm going to keep knocking on their door.
How realistic is Akinnuoye-Agbaje's campaign? Marvel president of production Kevin Feige has vocally announced that a Black Panther adaptation was one of the projects that Marvel was looking into for its post-Avengers slate, though the project is not yet official.