Ryan Coolger (Creed, Fruitvale Station) is getting involved more creatively as we previously thought, as Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirms to Collider that he’ll be co-writing the script along with directing Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther.
Mark Bailey and Joe Robert Cole had been previously tasked to work on the script.
“Very soon. We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he’s working on the draft right now. Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year.”
Feige adding that production is expected to begin early next year, we assume shooting could take place in Atlanta as the studio has setup roots there. Marvel films like Civil War, Ant-Man, Spider-Man and Guardians 2 will have all been shot at Pinewood Atlanta. Although, I can’t say that will be the only location for the production as they might need some lush jungle scenery for Wakanda.
Ryan Coogler was responsible for the Creed script as well, it’s extremely promising he’ll be apart of the writing team.
Heroic Hollywood has an interesting casting rumor that is as vague as it gets, suggesting that the film is actively casting four actresses for the film without naming those characters. We have some idea what those roles could be.
Panther does have many strong women among him in the comics, so it’ll likely be some familiar ones such as T’Challa’s younger sister and fellow Panther Shuri and the badass Wakandian special forces Dora Milaje.
Another potential role could be Georgia native and singer Monica Lynne, who gets romantically involved with T’Challa. We’re not expecting that his most famous love interest Storm would be apart of the film, unless she’s yet another shared X-Men character.
Lynne would be in Coogler’s wheelhouse considering Tessa Thompson’s character in Creed was similar.
I wouldn’t even terrible surprised if Marvel found a way to include fellow Avenger Tigra into the mix as well.
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been linked for Thor: Ragnarok, but the role went to Tessa Thompson instead. Lupita is a huge good luck charm for Disney thanks to supporting parts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book. My own opinion is having Lupita take a main role in something like Black Panther would be super special and help get people even more excited.
Production will begin in early 2017 with a release date set for February 16th, 2018.
SOURCE: COLLIDER & HEROIC HOLLYWOOD