Black Panther finds its director in Ryan Coogler!
At age 29, Ryan Coogler doesn’t have many movies under his belt, but he’s got the attention of Hollywood in a big way. His first movie, Fruitvale Station, was Sundance breakout film that gathered a slew of awards and nominations for its poignant storytelling with an important message. He then revived the Rocky franchise, writing and directing an original story Creed, which tells the story of Apollo Creed’s son Adonis and his rise into the boxing world.
Now, it’s been confirmed that Ryan Coogler will take on Marvel’s Black Panther! Coogler joins Chadwick Boseman, who will star as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must protect his country and take over the throne after his father’s murder. Thankfully, T’Challa has tech-savvy and intelligence to out Tony Stark to shame plus some amazing fighting skills that he’ll put to good use!
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” said Feige in a statement to Variety. “The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice to direct Black Panther. Many fans have waited a long time to see Black Panther in his own film, and with Ryan we know we’ve found the perfect director to bring T’Challa’s story to life.”
Per usual, Marvel has been mum on the exact details of the story, but we can’t wait to see this come to life!
Black Panther is due to hit theaters on February 16, 2018. However, the character makes his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.