Many expressed their joy about a movie that will feature such a young and African American cast, directed by a man that has helmed critically-acclaimed movies like “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed” (both starring Jordan). On Thursday, TheWrap reported that Nyong’o is in talks to play Boseman’s love interest.
“Can we appreciate that we have 3 dark skinned leads in a major Hollywood superhero movie? #BlackPantherSoLIT,” one user wrote on Twitter.
“#BlackPantherSoLIT for real. Theaters full of black people watching an action movie as a change from the million slave movies we’ve gotten,” tweeted another.
April Reign, the creator of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, also voiced her support, writing, “#BlackPantherSoLit we gotta swag surf in the theater. For the culture. #BlackPanther.” Later, however, she added that she doesn’t want any more big name actors to join the cast of “Black Panther” because “It’s incredibly important to open the tent. Give some unknowns a shot. Cast new folks.”
Production for the film is set to start in 2017, and the movie is looking at a Feb. 16 release date.
See some of the tweets below.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 14, 2016
— April (@ReignOfApril) May 13, 2016
— Brandon Pope TV (@BpopeTV) May 14, 2016
— Niggatry Of The Endless (@BlckBolex) May 14, 2016
— TyreeBP (@TyreeBP) May 14, 2016
— Thelonious Legend (@TheLegendBooks) May 14, 2016
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) May 14, 2016
— Robert Young (@robertcyoung) May 14, 2016
#BlackPantherSoLIT for real. Theaters full of black people watching an action movie as a change from the million slave movies we've gotten
— tee as in tea (@noranhoneytee) May 14, 2016
— Liza Sabater 🇵🇷👸🏾🌹 (@blogdiva) May 13, 2016
— WhatFreshHellisThis (@BlackAFMermaid) May 13, 2016
As of now, the entire cast is 90% African or African American. Drops Black History Month 2018. Already record breaking. #BlackPantherSoLIT
— mcbc 🇺🇸🗽 (@mcbc) May 14, 2016
This isn't a movie, its a movement #BlackPantherSoLIT
— SDW (@MelaninNdMuscle) May 14, 2016
— Mrs_SpaceBonnet (@KawaiiMJ) May 14, 2016