by Brett White
Bleeding Cool has come across an interesting tweet from actor Morris Chestnut. It seems that the actor is either filling in some holes in his comic book knowledge or, because wild speculation is so much fun, he's preparing for a role.
It's time to get familiar with the Black Panther character ! fb.me/Nsww5DYe— Morris Chestnut (@Morris_Chestnut) April 8, 2013
"Black Panther" has been in talks for years now, with actors like Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Djimon Hounsou stating how much they'd like to don the iconic black costume and claws. Anthony Mackie even showed interest in the role before landing the part of the Falcon in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." This isn't even taking into consideration Wesley Snipes' epic struggle to get Marvel's most prominent male hero of color on the big screen. Snipes' attempts lasted from 1992 to at least 2006, and are too extensive to be recounted here.
It was initially thought that "Black Panther" would follow "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," but that film turned out to be "Guardians of the Galaxy." Still, screenwriter Mark Bailey penned a screenplay that is apparently fantastic.
Chestnut will appear in this summer's "Kick-Ass 2." He's most known for his debut role in "Boyz n the Hood" and 2012's ensemble comedy "Think Like A Man." He also had regular roles on the television series "V" and "American Horror Story."
Black Panther first appeared in "Fantastic Four" #52 in 1966, making him the first black superhero in mainstream comic books. He's since gone on to star in numerous critically acclaimed ongoing series written by Christopher Priest and Reginald Hudlin. He was a regular presence in the cartoon series "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" and headlined his own self-titled cartoon series on BET.
A Black Panther film has been in talks for over twenty years at this point. Hopefully this latest development in a long line of false starts will actually lead to something. Or if not, at least Chestnut is about to read some great comics.
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