Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje In Talks To Play "Black Panther"!

Lost's Mr Eko and star of "GI Joe" has met with Marvel to discuss playing the African warrior-king.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 7/26/2009
"We're talking to Marvel about 'Black Panther,'" Akinnuoye-Agbaje told MTV News. "This is the first round, so you know, hopefully they'll look at 'G.I. Joe' and see the potential. But it's about time we have a black superhero, isn't it?"

"He's from a fictional village in Africa and the timing is so right for that kind of character to come through," he said. "And while I'm in my prime, this is the time. We've got [U.S. President Barack] Obama, now we need something on screen to represent, so... 'Panther,' man."

This guy is a great actor as fans of either "Lost" or prison drama "Oz" can tell you. I think he would make a great Black Panther. Lets hope this happens.

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MisterNiceGuy - 7/26/2009, 8:29 PM
panthaman huh? cool
superdog - 7/26/2009, 8:40 PM
He would be a great pic. Good find ror. Although contrary to his belief I think gijoe would be a strike AGAINST him. I would NOT let them look at gijoe :)
WEAPON911 - 7/26/2009, 8:48 PM
I think that's great....he's a fine actor, and I think he'll bring the right cultured look to the piece.

WEAPON911 - 7/26/2009, 8:52 PM
bytheby..it's just too bad about the 'represent' statement. Why can't actors all just be happy to be considered actors for their acting and successful for their success? Anyway, just a thought. I think all this blank-american stuff is very racist no matter who you are, and Black Panther or no, it's just about the acting....
ASSASSIN666 - 7/26/2009, 8:56 PM
He was the standout in get rich or die trying. A mediocre movie at best, but a really good performance from him. Damn good choice for panther, although he not the youngest guy on the street. Will he play the father, or the son?
SabretoothTiger - 7/26/2009, 8:57 PM
Man this is the best news I've heard I love black panther and he's overdue for a movie im smellin him havin a cameo in avengers if theygot it in production at around the same time maybe nick fury mentions to cap at the end that there is mysterious activity goin on in a little village named wakanda and that would lead up to his own movie and then him bein in avengers 2...oh well just wishful thinkin :)
GUNSMITH - 7/26/2009, 9:09 PM
AWWW MAN I WANT WESLEY SNIPES TO PLAY PANTHER, THIS GUY CANT FIGHT LIKE BLACK PANTER MAN,,CMON..WESLEY SNIPES IS BLACK PANTHER
starscream4president - 7/26/2009, 9:12 PM
Love him!!!! He's a good actor, but Wesley is Black Panther.
RorMachine - 7/26/2009, 9:19 PM
Snipes was Blade people! AND, hes in prison, Kind of puts a dampener on movie roles and such! Plus, anyone who thinks this guy cant cut the action is nuts! All he did in Lost and Oz was beat the shit out of people!
TheShakeBake - 7/26/2009, 9:22 PM
THey should deff. try and put Black Panther in Avengers that would be very cool

See Ya, The ShakeBake
Cheesey1 - 7/26/2009, 9:24 PM
I really, really hope that they make the film, but they should use a younger actor for T'Challa. That way they can do a great origin story. Wesley Snipes should get the part of T'Chaka. If they use a young actor for T'Challa, they can really focus on T'Challa taking on the weighty responsibility of ruling a nation and inheriting the mantle of the Black Panther.
hewilldefytheirgravity - 7/26/2009, 9:33 PM
Wow! Never thought of them using Adewale for The Panther. Wesley Snipes has always wanted to do it but nothing ever got going even before his legal problems. Hopefully Black Panther will get the greenlight.
JeremyBentham - 7/26/2009, 9:33 PM
he was great in lost, as well as every other role ive ever seen him in, he'd be great for black panther!!!!

not a big deal, but i cant help but notice the stress the actor put on the character being a black superhero...there is so much more to the character than skin color, i would love to see this movie, but not just because he's black and our presidents black, like being black is the new accepted fad or something. i'll see this movie simply because black panther kicks ass!
RorMachine - 7/26/2009, 9:43 PM
Black is the new black!

But seriously, is it really such a big deal that they dude mentions that a black superhero in a predominantly white genre/field being brought to the big screen is a great thing? I don't think so.
Cheesey1 - 7/26/2009, 9:50 PM
Chiwetel Ejiofor for T'Challa, or a young unknown. He can definitely pull off the fighting (was a believable fighter in "Red Belt"), is a fantastic actor and is younger than Agbaje.
alten2345 - 7/26/2009, 10:00 PM
Fictional village in Africa? Try fictional country in Africa. Either Mr. Eko doesn't know his comics or doesn't know his geography.

It may seem like a little thing, but shouldn't the guy who's possibly going to play this role at least know that the person he's going to play is a king of an entire country not just from some fictional village?
NubaX - 7/26/2009, 10:03 PM
Actually, is is a Great Thing. Maybe not to YOU...
but it is to Black People as well as People in General who have been wanting to see one with a Big Budget Behind it and Quality.

I mean, honestly, how many Featured Black Superheros have you seen with a Big Budget that is of Good Quality?

Lets see, there's BLADE 1 and 2, SPAWN was Good (its still being debated either way), Oh and HANCOCK was Mid-Core at Best to SUCKED at Worse for most Black people that saw it (just to let you know incase you didn't), Oh yeah, and METEOR MAN! (remember that?)

Now, how many of those were NOT R Rated?
Other then HANCOCK (sounds like the name or a porno Superhero)
You know...One that appeals to a Wider Audience...


So... You see.... it really IS a Big Deal.

We can only HOPE that the Movie is Done Right and Given a Bigger Bidget then DrangonBall and has more action the Fantastic Four 1 and 2 combined...LOL!

Maybe then, it can be released in a least over 2,000 theaters...

That would be nice.

:)


verdell1978 - 7/26/2009, 10:21 PM
hey NubaX do you think Favreau would include Black Panther in the Avengers movie or would it just be overkill?
midnightexp26 - 7/26/2009, 10:51 PM
Nubax,

Speak on it brotha! I think it is easy to say why does this matter when an individual in no way can relate to an issue. I am actually for Chiwetel Ejiofor as Black Panther, have you seen Serenity? I think he would be better suited for the grace needed to play this part, also he seems to like one who would really embrace the character and find out the history rather than just reading a script.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje would be better off playing an enemy or his brother. I think he does find playing stereotypes but I do not think has the chops to play such a complex character. Black Panther is a king, a diplomat and one of the most respected characters in the Marvel Universe, this would be like Superman being the President of the United States. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is too basic to play him.

longbowhunter - 7/26/2009, 11:10 PM
Remember the assassin from Serenity? He is my pick for Black Panther.
InstigatorGIRL - 7/26/2009, 11:28 PM
I think Idris Elba could play the Black Panther would just have to get in Shape.
InstigatorGIRL - 7/27/2009, 12:07 AM
lol keven
Unmasked - 7/27/2009, 12:10 AM
Okay why does everyone want to see a black superhero after Obama has gotten elected. Marvel and DC should have been putting out black heroes. The only one was Blade and that did very well.

Black Panther, Luke Cage and Black lighting, should have been done ages ago.

Also what about women heroes???

Catwomen???? Hollywood....Ya'll can do better.


You've been UNMASKED!
ViperXX79 - 7/27/2009, 12:12 AM
Keven @ Exactly! Every time I see him I think about Adebisi raping someone...and then I think how in the hell did he keep that damn hat on his head.

ViperXX79 - 7/27/2009, 12:15 AM
I will go see a Black Panther movie and it sure as hell won't have anything to do with Obama being president.
Unmasked - 7/27/2009, 12:26 AM
I will be going to see it too. It just seems that everyone in Hollywood has an excitement over black heroes. Just because Obama is in office. It;s not right.



You've been Unmasked!
ViperXX79 - 7/27/2009, 12:35 AM
Now if the movie sucks then I will blame Obama ;)
Scarycherry - 7/27/2009, 12:51 AM
Perfect casting Adebisi was one scary dude! Plus he has the perfect accent and he's pretty damn buff. gonna be cgi acrobatics anyway.
shibazz - 7/27/2009, 1:07 AM
OMG KEVEN , i said the same thing about your mother.
shibazz - 7/27/2009, 1:13 AM
@UnMasked- speak on it, son! if that's the case why not name some supers like Honkey Land Stealer or something? or wait i got it... ummmm War Path or SilverFox which eludes to SilverTongue.......

i love the Black Panther though cuz he drank blood in the very first comic i ever read.
shibazz - 7/27/2009, 1:18 AM
OK this guy looks like a toad.... he is soooooo non threatening and he is "really dark" the type of guy my children could -Idealize- see as an equal. That being because he is sooo strange and removed by the standards being the way they are. Oh by the way ....
ViperXX79 - 7/27/2009, 1:22 AM
Just watch Oz and you'll see him differently.
JohnClayBurchett - 7/27/2009, 1:45 AM
If promoted right....and done right first and foremost, it could be a great movie....it would be awesome if they included Halle as a younger storm....or hell, make the current storm part of the story line...that will sell tickets and could make a great story line. Black Panther is a mythos you could really play with and not piss too many people off.
JohnClayBurchett - 7/27/2009, 1:49 AM
Also some dude up there put Loki in the Avengers lineup...??? He's a silly goose.
LEEE777 - 7/27/2009, 1:55 AM
You are joking!!!! OMG thats my pic for BLACK PANTHER!!!! I had the same pic tooo!!! Friggin sweet news!!! HELL YEAH!!!

; D



I swear to you all on my mothers life i did this pic about a week ago, infact ive been doing a huge AVENGERS cast for about a week an its nearly finished! I was going to finish it the WEEKEND but with COMIC CON on i didn't think it'll be worth it and get LOST (lol) with all them articles!!!

This is the best NEWS ever!!!!!

ROR i love you man!!!!!! ; D

HOLY SH!T Fantastic news!!! Mwwwaaaahhhh ; )

I LUV U ROR!!!!!!

I cannot believe it, anyone who has not seen him in LOST is in for a treat!!! OMG
BLADE4040 - 7/27/2009, 3:26 AM
I think this guy could probally pull it off, but I'd much rather have the guy from Blood Diamond.
JoshWilding - 7/27/2009, 3:37 AM
never seen him in anything but he looks a good fit for the part. have to say though, out of all the Marvel characters Black Panther isthe ne im probably least interested in seeing a movie about!
WeaponX - 7/27/2009, 3:49 AM
Yeah, I was sort of hoping Djimon Hounsou would get it. But then again, given his age he'd probably be more perfectly suited as T'Chaka.

So, I wonder who they will get to play Ulysses Klaw.
LEEE777 - 7/27/2009, 4:13 AM
Are you all completely nuts?????? He is perfect for the role!!!

He is BLACK PANTHER!!!
Imran - 7/27/2009, 4:28 AM
Would prefer him as T'Chaka and somebody younger as T'Challa but hey he's Mr. Eko so I'm not complaining!!
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