“Person of Interest” star Winston Duke has joined play the cast of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” which Ryan Coogler is directing. Duke has signed up to play another villain for Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther to take on – M’Baku, described as “one of Wakanda’s most powerful warriors and one of T’Challa’s biggest rivals.”
Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, M’Baku — also known as the Man-Ape — debuted in 1969’s “Avengers” #62. His abilities include superhuman strength, speed and agility, all tools he employs during his attempts to take the Wakandan throne away from T’Challa/Black Panther.
In addition to “Person of Interest,” Duke’s past credits include appearances on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Messengers” and “Major Crimes.”
He joins a “Black Panther” cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king of Wakanda and holder of the Black Panther mantle; Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger (another Black Panther nemesis); Lupita Nyong’o, taking the role of Nakia; and Danai Gurira as Okoye. Both Nakia and Okoye are of the Wakandan Dora Milaje, the “Adored Ones” and personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, recruited from every tribe of Wakanda. Chosen from rival tribes, their presences maintain a balance of power preventing civil war.
Filming will begin in early 2017.
Check out an image of M’Baku below.
This news of Winston Duke’s casting was first reported by Variety.