Ryan Coogler, who is working on Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther opened up about his thoughts on the film, what it would have been to watch this movie when he were 10, and more.
Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay are neighbors at the Disney lot. While DuVernay is putting the finishing touches to her blockbuster A Wrinkle in Time, Coogler is busy with Black Panthers that is all set to hit the theaters early next year. In an interview with Vulture editor Kyle Buchanan at the Vulture Festival L.A, both spoke about their friendship, and how they felt narrating stories through their personal lens.
Working on Black Panther was a huge challenge for Coogler at first mostly because of the main lead, and the film’s hero T’Challa has everything going for him. It seemed like The Creed director did not quite like the hero and thought it would be tough. He said, “He’s so different from what I am used to. But through the process of making the film and working with Chad and trying to explore and find ownership in it, I’m incredibly attached to this character now.”
He then further added, “In our film, you find him at a time where he lost his father, the most important person in his life. He’s inheriting this incredible responsibility. He’s inheriting it at a time when Wakanda is struggling what its identity might be and the people have different ideas of what they should do. He’s incredibly conflicted but is aware of his responsibility of what to do.”
Black Panther’s star cast includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as King T’Chaka, and Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu.
The 18th film to be released under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner, Black Panther will hit the theaters on February 16, 2018.
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