Djimon Hounsou Wants to Play Marvel's The Black Panther
12.07.10 by Ryan
During this year's Comic-Con, Marvel president Kevin Feige mentioned The Black Panther as one of several possible adaptations that could fill Marvel's post-Avengers slate. A movie adaptation was rumored as early as 1992, with Wesley Snipes hoping to play the role and, in 2007, director John Singleton was reportedly attached to the project, but a Black Panther movie has yet to be made. Created in 1966, the Black Panther was Marvel's first black superhero. The character became a member of The Avengers in 1968.
Actor Djimon Hounsou provided the voice for the character in an animated series earlier this year, and told io9 that he'd like to play the character in a live-action, stand alone movie.
He's a king, he's a man of the people, and he's very powerful — he challenges himself throughout his kingdom, and I think that's rare when the king puts his own life [on the line] and challenges [people] to beat him, in order to see [who's] the best out there... He's really cool. He comes from a world in Africa that is cool, and has all those minerals and it's very exciting. It's just a matter of time for that to be realized.
Hounsou said the animated series was used as "leverage to tell a feature story," which could pay off should the series do well upon its release on DVD next year. Hounsou revealed he was also in line to play the character should there have been a third Fantastic Four movie.
Hounsou isn't the only actor interested in the role. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Faster) has also expressed interest in the role (twice). Of course, Marvel has to officially agree to make the movie first.