Black Panther Fan Cast – The Actors Wakanda DeservesAugust 12, 2015
Out of all the announced Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Black Panther is the one I’m most excited about. Sure we have Captain America: Civil War coming up, and other exciting solo films and sequels, but I’ve just been waiting for Wakanda to finally hit the big screen in all its glory. At last, the time has come. Well… 3 years from now, but we’re almost there!
Marvel has already found its Black Panther in Chadwick Boseman, who will take on the role of T’Challa in the 2018 film opposite Andy Serkis, who returns as the villain Ulysses Klaue. However there are still plenty more iconic Wakandan characters that need to be cast. Although the main plot for the film has yet to be announced, there are some characters from the comics we can guess we’ll be seeing. Here’s my ideal cast that I’d love to see join the MCU.
Former Chieftain of Wakanda and Black Panther, T’Chaka is T’Challa’s father. There is literally nothing I want more than for Keith David (Pitch Black, Chronicles of Riddick) to take on this role. I feel like I don’t even need to explain why. He’d be perfect – you know it, I know it, hopefully Marvel knows it. Please Marvel… PLEASE.
Queen Mother of Wakanda, Ramonda is T’Chaka’s third wife and the mother of Princess Shuri. She is also T’Challa’s surrogate mother (whose real mother died in childbirth). This role needs someone who commands authority and respect, and CCH Pounder (Avatar, Sons of Anarchy) would be the ideal candidate in this case.
Shuri is T’Challa’s younger sister and the Princess of Wakanda. The youngest child and only daughter of T’Chaka, Shuri aspired to become the first female Black Panther from a very young age, going so far as to break into the tournament to challenge her uncle.
My top choice for Shuri would have to be Canadian actress Oluniké Adeliyi (Flashpoint, Being Human), but Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) would also be excellent choices. All three women have given powerful performances in past roles and could definitely portray the female Black Panther.
N’Gassi is T’Challa’s elderly advisor who often acts as regent of Wakanda in his stead when the Black Panther is needed outside of the country. Of course, having Morgan Freeman (Se7en, The Dark Knight trilogy) join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this role would be considerably fantastic. Alternatively Reg E. Cathey (Fantastic Four, House of Cards) would suit the role as well. Yeah, yeah, he was just in 20th Century Fox‘s new Fantastic Four movie, but Chris Evans used to be Human Torch and no one seems to mind that he’s Captain America now.
W’Kabi is the chief of Wakandan security and T’Challa’s loyal friend and second-in-command. Both David Oyelowo (Selma, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Clé Bennett (Flashpoint, Lost Girl) would suit the role – I think they’d each bring something unique to their respective portrayals.
M’Baku was Wakanda’s greatest warrior, second only to T’Challa. One of the Black Panther’s most well-known villains, he plots to usurp the Wakandan throne with the help of the outlawed rival White Gorilla cult.
Robert Wisdom (Supernatural, The Wire) seems like he’d be a force to be reckoned with as this character.
T’Chaka’s brother and T’Challa’s uncle. After T’Chaka’s death he ascended to the throne as a just ruler who never intended to be king. He happily steps down when T’Challa becomes the next Black Panther. My ideal choice for this character is E. Roger Mitchell (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Walking Dead).
An elite group of Wakandan women skilled in various martial arts and weapons, the Dora Milaje are the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther and some of Wakanda’s deadliest warriors. They are also a pool of superior Wakandan women who are potential candidates for role of the Queen of Wakanda. I’d love to see Nia Long (House of Lies) and Dana Davis (Heroes, Franklin & Bash) portray some of these warrior women. It would also be interesting to see any of the actresses I chose for Shuri in one of these roles.
Which actors would you like to see in Black Panther? Tell us in the comments!