Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther solo film has added another actor to its expansive supporting cast, this time in the form of Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, “a figure from T’Challa aka Black Panther’s past.”
Marvel Studios itself announced the news via its website. Brown is best known for his award-winning role as Christopher Darden in FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and in his leading role on the acclaimed NBC drama This Is Us. Brown himself took to Twitter after the announcement to express his excitement for the new role:
— Sterling K Brown (@sterlingkb1) January 5, 2017
Brown joins an already impressive cast that includes Captain America: Civil War star Chadwick Boseman as the titular Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’O (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia, Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Erik Killmonger, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Okoye, Winston Duke (Person of Interest) as M’Baku, Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror) as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) as Ramonda, Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War) as Ayo and Letitia Wright (Ready Player One) in an unknown role.
Directed by Creed and Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler, Black Panther begins production this month and is slated for release on February 16, 2018.