EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lost’ Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje In Talks For ‘Black Panther’ Lead

With all of the attention heaped on “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and Marvel’s superhero team-up film “The Avengers,” it’s easy to forget about some of the other characters in the Marvel Universe rumored to have big-screen projects in the works. When we spoke to “Lost” actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje during a Comic-Con red carpet he told MTV News that he’s been talking to Marvel about bringing one of those lesser-known characters to the screen — specifically, the African warrior-king known as The Black Panther.

“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?”

Akinnuoye-Agbaje said his hopes were high for the film, and the conditions were never better for it to get the green light.

“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.”

What do you think about Akinnuoye-Agbaje playing Black Panther? Think he’d be a good choice to bring T’Challa to life?