'Black Panther' Adds Emmy Winner Sterling K. Brown to Crowded Cast

'Black Panther' Adds Emmy Winner Sterling K. Brown to Crowded Cast

By Robert Dougherty Jan 06, 2017 09:43 AM
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Black Panther already seems to have an overabundance of stars, regardless of whether it has enough for all of them to do. Nevertheless, it still has room for at least one more notable name, as Marvel announced that Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown is coming on board too.

Brown was one of 2016's biggest breakouts on television, thanks to playing Chris Darden in The People vs O.J. Simpson and one of the siblings on NBC's This Is Us. Now just days before he is up for a Golden Globe for O.J., he has been brought into the MCU as N’Jobu, who is only described as "a figure from T’Challa aka Black Panther’s past."

There are no additional clues to be found from the Black Panther comics, since there is no character named N'Jobu in them. As such, there's no way to know if he is a friendly figure from the past, if he is joining Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke as Black Panther's enemies, or if he has any significant screen time to really speak of.

Since the supporting cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther is becoming the most crowded MCU movie since Captain America: Civil War. Of course, in this case Black Panther is leading a big cast of characters who haven't been in the MCU before.

Whatever Brown's part in it is, this is already set to be the biggest feature film on his resume. Most of his projects have been on TV even before O.J. and This Is Us, although he has appeared in movies like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Our Idiot Brother and Righteous Kill. Yet Black Panther isn't even Brown's first upcoming movie with Chadwick Boseman, as he will appear in Marshall when Boseman portrays Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall later this year.

However Brown and Boseman's second collaboration goes, Black Panther will show it in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

Tags: Black Panther (2018), Marshall, Captain America: Civil War (2016), Sterling K. Brown, Chadwick Boseman
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