Octavia Spencer has made a pledge to buy out a theater during her stay in Mississippi so people in an underserved community there can watch “Black Panther.”
“I will be in MS when this movie opens,” Spencer wrote on Instagram. “I think I will buy out a theatre in an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero. I will let you know where and when Mississippi. Stay tuned.”
Many praised the actress for her plans, saying, “thank you for this! this will be very special for this kids!” and “Thank you for forever walking the walk, as you recently put it. An important community made better for having your influence near it. I hope they have SO much fun.”
Spencer isn’t the first star to express excitement for the film, set to debut Feb. 16. John Boyega said, “In no way should there be composure around black panther. Celebrate this freely! This movie means history to me and I’m so excited to see this! Big love to all Involved!”
“‘Black Panther’ was incredible, and powerful and everything we need right now,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress Chloe Bennet said. “The words ‘cultural phenomenon’ have never felt more appropriate.”
“Black Panther” was directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
Last year, Chance the Rapper bought “all the tickets all day to see ‘Marshall'” at a movie theater in Chicago, because he thought the film was “lit.”