Ernie Hudson Playing T’Chaka, King of Wakanda and ‘Black Panther’ In ‘Captain America: Civil War’?

Apr 8, 2015

A new rumor coming from Latino Review suggests that character actor Ernie Hudson of The Crow and Ghostbusters fame is currently circling the role of T’Chaka in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film. The site also adds the following information on the character.


“In the distant past, a meteorite made of the (fictional) vibration-absorbing mineral vibranium crashed in Wakanda, and was unearthed. Reasoning that outsiders would exploit Wakanda for this valuable resource, the ruler, King T’Chaka, like his father and other Panthers before him, concealed his country from the outside world. T’Chaka’s first wife N’Yami died while in labor with T’Challa, and his second wife Ramonda was taken prisoner by Anton Pretorius during a visit to her homeland of South Africa, so for most of his childhood T’Challa was raised by his father alone. T’Chaka was murdered by the adventurer Ulysses Klaw in an attempt to seize the vibranium mound. With his people still in danger, a young T’Challa used Klaw’s sound weapon on Klaw and his men, shattering his right hand and forcing him to flee.”

There is some expectation that both T’Chaka and T’Challa would be featured in Captain America: Civil War, where it’s been confirmed we’ll first see Chadwick Boseman in costume as Black Panther. The only thing about that is T’Chaka sort of needs to die for that to happen, my assumption is that Hudson will actually be showing-up in Civil War first.

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This would also make a lot of sense since they don’t even have a director for Black Panther, and it’s a bit odd Marvel would be casting for a film that doesn’t even go into production until 2017. I only see Ernie Hudson showing-up in Black Panther in flashbacks, and makes more sense he’d be involved in Civil War first which is still in the casting process.

Andy Serkis’ Klaw has direct connections with the Royal Family of Wakanda and actually kills T’Chaka, so it’s possible the arms dealer comes to blows with the King at some point if they’re already setting-up the villain in Age of Ultron. Serkis hasn’t ruled-out returning for the role in Civil War as heard in recent interviews.

Back in October, Ernie Hudson posted this on Twitter could it be a hint towards the Black Panther news?

Captain America: Civil War opens next May while Black Panther doesn’t arrive until July 2018.

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