Chadwick Boseman arrives at the premiere of Get on UpĀ during the 40th Deauville U.S. Film Festival Sept. 12, 2014, in France.

On the heels of his breakthrough performance as James Brown in Get on Up, Chadwick Boseman has been cast as Marvel Studiosā€™ first solo lead of color (not to be confused with Blade, which was co-produced with New Line Cinema). He will take on the role of Tā€™Challa, the head of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, in Black Panther.

Many fanboys of Marvel Comics thought this day would never come. Some wondered if Black Panther, which was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, would ever get the big-screen attention it deserved.


Marvel posted one concept photo of the Black Panther movie on Twitter:

ā€œItā€™s about how this isolationist country of Wakanda needs to meet the world,ā€ said Marvel Studioā€™s Kevin Feige.

ā€œIā€™m blessed to be part of this Marvel Universe, and I look forward to making magic together,ā€ said Boseman.

Black Panther is slated to be released on Nov. 3, 2017.