Marvel Studios has had a great start this year all thanks to the massive success of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and The Wasp. When it comes to big-budget comic book movies, the director has the last say as regards to casting actors in the film. But, Black Panther director Ryan Cooglar didn’t get the opportunity to select the male lead of his film. It was the Russo Brothers who cast Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther for the character’s debut in Captain America: Civil War.
In a directors roundtable included in Avengers: Infinity War digital release, Cooglar admitted that he was quite nervous about directing Black Panther, reported Cinema Blend.
Speaking specifically to the Russo Brothers during the roundtable, Coogler said that initially when he began work on the film he knew very little about the film’s main lead, Chadwick, who was cast by the Infinity War directors. But then gradually, everything went smooth and the end result is an epic film.
“When I first started talking with Marvel, you guys were in post [in Captain America Civil War],” Cooglar said. “Making a film where your lead actor has been cast by somebody is scary. It terrified me. And I knew Chadwick was crazy talented and I didn’t know him at the time yet. I remember just seeing him and seeing the decisions that you guys had made. It went past me like a sigh of relief.”
This certainly isn’t the first time we are hearing about the issues Coogler faced with the main lead. In an earlier interview, the director had stated that Boseman was different from what he’s used to.
Netflix recently announced that Black Panther is coming to its streaming platform on September 4. The information was shared on Twitter through the Strong Black Lead Twitter account, which is one of Netflix’s official subsidiary accounts.
Notably, Disney has had a deal with Netflix to debut its movies on the streaming service after they get released on Blu-ray/DVD. But, now that Disney is going to launch its own streaming service from next year, it seems unlikely that the film studio will renew its deal with Netflix.
Black Panther is available now on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
H/T: Cinema Blend
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