The director of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler had envisioned some of the most exceptional actors as his prime characters. It was a star-studded film that went on to earn critical acclaim and countless accolades. With an esteemed cast, Black Panther was destined to become one of MCU’s pride. These actors have previously graced many more movies outside Marvel.
Michael B. Jordan
Both the audience and critics are swooning over this A-list actor. His charm and heated passion somehow made the villain, Eric Killmonger a fan-favourite character. Apart from Black Panther, Jordan has previously collaborated with Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station and the well-known, Creed.
Letitia Wright, who captured our hearts as T’Challa’s sister Shuri is young and has exceptional potentials. She caught a majority of the Netflix audience’s attention by featuring in the Black Mirror episode, “Black Museum”. Wright recently gave a hard-hitting performance in 2020 Mangrove, based on the true story of Mangrove Nina.
If we talk about some of the finest actors in the cinemas at the moment, Lupita’s name is counted amongst them. Though Nakia and T’Challa’s love story is one to admire, Lupita’s work ensured that Nakia was remembered as Nakia, and not just as the protagonist’s love interest. Her most critically acclaimed was 12 Years A Slave for which she also bagged an Oscar.
The beloved star may not be amongst us anymore, but his memorable works will live on forever. Black Panther was not his only movie that swept away the audience and critics. Boseman touched hearts worldwide for portraying iconic figures like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall.
After Captain America: Civil War, Martin reprised his role as Everett K. Ross in Black Panther. Though it was a minor supporting role, he grabbed our attention with a captivating performance. Martin has become a familiar face on the screen for playing the memorable Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit series, Watson in Sherlock, and Lester Nygaard in Fargo.
One of the rising gems of Hollywood is Daniel Kaluuya who has taken the industry by storm. He rose to prominence after his ground-breaking role in Jordan Peele’s Get Out, followed by Widows, Queen & Slim, and Judas and the Black Messiah. His supporting role in Judas and the Black Messiah even earned him an Academy Award.
We couldn’t imagine anyone but Angela Bassett as the royal mother of T’Challa. She is best known for the documentary Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee that features the lives of director Muta’Ali Muhammad’s grandparents.
Though we got to see Serkis’ face in Black Panther as the infamous Klaw, it’s his voice that’s earned a fan club. He is the master of motion-capture performances from The Lord of the Rings, Caesar, King Kong, and more. Needless to say, his top-rated performance was as the iconic Gollum.
Whitaker carries an experience of more than 100 movies. One of his best works is in Platoon. Directed by Oliver Stone, the movie captures the real and raw accounts of the director’s own experience in the Vietnam War.